Mission Statement

Conversing with Chuck Todd

Mission Statement of the John Brademas Center of New York University

Marking its tenth anniversary, the John Brademas Center at New York University seeks to advance understanding of the policy issues and programs that engaged and energized John Brademas during his decades in public service. The Center named for him is dedicated to the most constant of his concerns: education; politics and policymaking in the United States; global engagement; the arts and humanities and cultural diplomacy. Serving as a permanent forum for reasoned and civil discourse, the Center works to ensure that opinions and ideas on these issues are expressed, debated, and formulated for action.

The Center's goals are advanced in the following specific ways:

  • Bringing "thinkers and doers" together. This was a commitment of John Brademas' during his time in Congress and at the University. The Center becomes a place where scholars and students can intersect with politicians and policymakers around issues of the day to share information and perspectives and to enrich their fields. 


  • The Brademas Internship Program. Each year selected NYU students are placed on Capitol Hill, the Executive branch, government agencies, think tanks, non-profits and NGOs in Washington, D.C. to expose them to the public service sector and provide them with skills and
experience. The alumnus pool is now over 85, and the program is positioned to expand. 


  • Programming on current issues at Washington Square and in Washington, D.C. Panels, speakers, films, symposia, exhibition and performance and other events are scheduled to bring perspectives, research and ideas to the NYU community and to the wider public. 


  • “Reflections.” This project is creating an archive of the oral histories of former Members of Congress. Begun in 2006, we currently have over two dozen histories recorded, which are available for classroom and scholarly uses. 


  • Commissioning. The Center can commission research or concept papers on topics relevant to its interests, and significant for study. These papers can inspire symposia and conferences, books and articles, and performances for Center sponsorship.