Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater

1101 Sixth St. SW

Washington, DC 20024

“The challenge of the next half century is whether we have the wisdom to use that wealth to enrich and elevate our national life, and to advance the quality of our American civilization.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson, introducing the Great Society in 1964

Join the Urban Institute as we spotlight current debates through art at an invitation-only, preshow reception and discussion of Robert Schenkkan’s play, The Great Society. Set in the turmoil of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s second term, the play illuminates the deep divisions and harrowing struggles Americans faced in the late 1960s. Our discussion will provide historical context for the play and draw parallels to the challenges and opportunities we face today as we look to the future.

Johnson founded the Urban Institute in 1968 to “help solve the problem that weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of all of us—the problem of the American city and its people.” Since then, Urban has remained a trusted source to help people and their communities thrive in a fast-changing world. Our experts are known for rigorous analysis of complex social and economic issues; strategic advice to policymakers, philanthropists, and practitioners; and new, promising ideas that expand opportunities for all. This year, Urban is celebrating a 50-year legacy of impact and looking ahead to tomorrow’s challenges.


Speakers Include

  • Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and Faculty Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University
  • Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Urban League
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute 


Please contact events@urban.org with questions and registration information. 

PHOTO: Jack Willis as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and cast. Photo by Stan Barouh, courtesy of the Mead Center for American Theater 

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