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Announcing the Speakers for the ADP National Meeting

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Meeting, American Democracy Project

I’m pleased to announce that three exciting people have agreed to speak at the ADP National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. Erica Williams of the Center for American Progress, Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times, and Russell Dalton, author of The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation is Reshaping American Politics will speak at our meeting. The New York Times is sponsoring Andrew’s involvement in the ADP Meeting. We are very grateful to the Times for their continued support of ADP. To learn more about The New York Times Knowledge Network, please visit this website.

See below to learn more about Andrew, Erica and Russell and don’t forget to register for the ADP Meeting!

To register for the ADP National Meeting, please visit this website.

Speaker Bios

Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, is in charge of the paper’s opinion pages, both in the newspaper and online. He oversees the editorial board, the Letters and Op-Ed departments, as well as the Editorial and Op-Ed sections of The editorial department of the paper is completely separate from the news operations and Mr. Rosenthal answers directly to the publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.


Erica Williams is the Deputy Director of Progress 2050, a project of the Center for American Progress that develops new ideas for an increasingly diverse America. The project seeks to build a progressive agenda that is more inclusive and reflects the rich racial and ethnic makeup of the nation. Progress 2050 does this by promoting innovative policy ideas, facilitating honest dialogue about the intersection of race and policy, analyzing demographics, and developing new leaders.

Listed by as one of Top 50 Politicos to Watch, she is the former Deputy Director and Policy Manager of Campus Progress, the youth outreach arm of the Center where she still serves as a senior advisor. While there, she led the staff and network of young Americans in advancing progressive policy with and for 18- to 27-year-olds across the nation. Her advocacy work focused on economic mobility, equal opportunity, health care, and clean energy.

Before joining the Center for American Progress, Erica worked at the Leadership Conference on Civil Right to coordinate grassroots activity in nearly 45 states to advance effective civil and human rights legislation at the federal level.

She is a past participant of the American University Women and Political Leadership Training Program, a 2008 O Magazine Women Rule Leadership winner, and a 2008 Aspen Institute IDEAS fellow.

Williams has appeared on CNN, C-Span, “The Tavis Smiley Show,” “Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff,” and BBC among others. She has been widely quoted in various print publications such as U.S. News and World ReportThe Washington PostO Magazine, andThe Nation.


Russell J. Dalton is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine and was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine. He has received a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Mannheim, a Barbra Streisand Center fellowship, German Marshall Research Fellowship and a POSCO Fellowship at the East/West Center. His recent publications have focused on youth and politics:  The Good Citizen: How the Young are Transforming American Politics (2009) and editor of the Engaging Youth in Politics: Debating Democracy’s Future (2011). In addition, he has authored or edited 20 books and almost 150 academic articles on public opinion, political behavior, and political parties.

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