Monday, April 8, 2019
The upcoming elections for the European Parliament (EP) will have major strategic and historic implications. Maya Kandel, French historian, scholar, and researcher at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, says that framing the elections as a fight between progressives and populists (or globalists and nationalists) is too simplistic. Instead, there are competing forces to contend with which are trying to redefine the European Union: From the transatlantic populist dialog on the political right to internal political arguments over nationalism and populist reform, from Russia seeking to undermine democratic governance to China seeking to extend its economic reach, the post-war European project is on the defensive, and Europe’s answer to the rise of populism will likely determine the future of liberal democracy.
Maya Kandel is a French historian, associate researcher at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, specializing in U.S. foreign policy and defense issues, U.S. Congress and transatlantic relations. Since 2017 she has led United States and Transatlantic Issues at the Policy Planning Staff of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. From 2011 to 2016, she was the program director and senior researcher on the United States at the French Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM).
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Kandel has written extensively on these subjects for academic as well as general public publications. Her work has also focused on U.S. policy and strategy on the African continent, and in particular U.S.-French military cooperation. Her latest book, a history of the U.S. relation to the world, was published in April 2018 by Perrin Editions (Paris).
View Video: YouTube with Maya Kandel
How can the movement for gender justice build for the long haul during a period of resistance? Fatima Goss Graves, long-time civil and gender rights activist and president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, will explore how—even in the midst of defending core rights—we can use smart advocacy to achieve law, policy, and culture change. Whether it’s working on fueling workplace diversity, ending sexual harassment, or securing new funding for child care, she will discuss the myriad of ways in which to build the future we want and deserve.
Fatima Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at National Women’s Law Center (“NWLC”) for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. Goss Graves is among the co-founders of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.
Prior to becoming president at NWLC, Goss Graves served as the Center’s senior vice president for program, where she led the organization’s broad program agenda to advance progress and eliminate barriers in employment, education, health and reproductive rights and lift women and families out of poverty. Prior to that, as the Center’s vice president for education and employment, she led the Center’s anti-discrimination initiatives, including work to promote equal pay, combat harassment and sexual assault at work and at school, and advance equal access to education programs, with a particular focus on outcomes for women and girls of color.
Goss Graves has authored many articles, including “A Victory for Women’s Health Advocates”, National Law Journal (2016) and “We Must Deal with K-12 Sexual Assault”, National Law Journal (2015), and reports, including “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity” (2014), “Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections from Harassment” (2014), and “50 Years and Counting: The Unfinished Business of Achieving Fair Pay” (2013).
Goss Graves received her B.A. from UCLA in 1998 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. She began her career as a litigator at the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP after clerking for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She currently serves as an advisor on the American Law Institute Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus and was on the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow.
She is widely recognized for her effectiveness in the complex public policy arena at both the state and federal levels, regularly testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other public education forums. Goss Graves appears often in print and on air as a legal expert on issues core to women’s lives, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, AP, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
Food for Thought: Podcast with Fatima Goss Graves