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The Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies offers workshops and seminars that build the capacity of working-class people to engage at all levels of the democratic process. As corporate interests hold increasingly greater sway in national politics, the Institute provides educational resources to enable working-class voters and communities to exercise the influence concomitant with their numbers.

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Current Courses

Electoral Activism & Leadership Academy Class

Each Fall, the Murphy Institute provides space for the Latino Leadership Institute to host a series of classes on the electoral process and civic activism. The series seeks to empower Latinos and other minority groups by increasing their participation in the democratic process by training, organizing and mobilizing leaders. Visit the Latino Leadership Institute website for more information.

Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Series

Each Spring the Murphy Institute hosts a popular civic engagement program on Saturdays. Each session features CUNY faculty and veteran practitioners with years of experience and expertise in civic leadership, electoral politics, the history of mass movements and policy making at the local, state and national levels of government.

Important Information

Registration for Spring 2021 C.E.L.D. courses is currently closed.

Tentative Spring 2021 Syllabus

* All classes are virtual sessions via ZOOM Meetings *

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 1:  Civic Engagement Challenges: Concepts, Context, Content, Considerations

Presenter: James Steele, Distinguished Lecturer for Civic Engagement, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 2:  Pivotal Movements at Pivotal Moments: History’s Warnings & Rewards

Presenter: Daniel Rosenberg, Professor of Social and Labor History, Adelphi University

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 3:  Prospects for Progress During President Biden’s First 100 Days

Presenters: Gerry Hudson, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union; Alethia Jones, Open Society Foundations; Dr. Clarence Lusane, Professor of political science, Howard University

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 4:  Strategic Challenges: Navigating Progressive Priorities through NYC’s Budget Process

Presenter: Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin, Board Member, New York City Participatory Budgeting Project

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 5:  Strategic Challenges: Land Use and the 2021 New York City Mayoral Election

Presenter: Eve Baron, Chair, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 6:  Think Big! —Implications of an Innovative Approach to Health Care in Central Brooklyn

Presenter: Roger Green, Senior Fellow, CUNY School of Law; former Member, New York State Assembly

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021 * 10am – 12pm

Ÿ Session 7:  Engaging Political Parties in the Policymaking Process

Presenters: Lucia Gomez, Political Action Director, New York City Central Labor Council; Patrick Jenkins, President, Jenkins & Associates; senior advisor to the Speaker of the NYS Assembly; Basil Smikle, Professor of political science, Rutgers University-Newark; Political commentator

Beyond Resistance: A Progressive Immigration Agenda for 2020

Election Debrief: An Interview with Harold Meyerson

Divided Results: Voting and Partisan Gerrymandering