• Financial Times names George Soros “Person of the Year”

    The Financial Times has named George Soros, the founder of Open Society Foundations its “Person of the Year” (subscription required). “He is the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society,” they write. “These are the ideas which triumphed in the cold war. Today, they are under siege from all sides, from Vladimir Putin’s Russia […]

  • Steve Luxenberg, Judge Robert Bell discuss the impact of Plessy v. Ferguson in Talking About Race event

    Open Society Institute continues its Talking About Race series on Feb. 13th with Steve Luxenberg, author of the new book, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, in conversation with Judge Robert Bell, the first African-American chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Go here for more […]

  • WYPR profiles OSI Fellows working on criminal justice projects

    On Wednesday, WYPR’s On the Record continued profiling the 2018 cohort of OSI Community Fellows, talking to two Fellows working on criminal justice projects, Emily Thompson, whose PIVOT program addressed the gap in reentry services for women, and Jennay Ghowrwal, whose REMIND program trains defense attorneys to better advocate better on behalf of clients who suffer […]

  • It Takes a City to Change a City – 20 Years of Open Society Institute – Baltimore

    The following video was shown at the final event in OSI-Baltimore’s 20th Anniversary Speaker Series, on October 30, 2018.   Please click here to make a donation and help OSI-Baltimore continue driving positive change in Baltimore.

  • OSI-Baltimore’s 2018 Community Fellows featured on WYPR’s On the Record

    WYPR’s On the Record is currently featuring interviews with the 2018 cohort of OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows. Last week, Sheilah Kast spoke to Eric Fishel, whose project, Baltimore Foodparks, will convert vacant lots into mixed use parks using native edible plants for both human and bid communities.  Listen here. This week, Kast profiled Shelley Halstead and Fred […]

  • Baltimore Fishbowl features OSI Fellow Debbie Ramsey

    This week, Baltimore Fishbowl featured a profile of 2016 OSI Community Fellow Debbie Ramsey, detailing the former police officer’s work founding United Efforts, which seeks to broaden the horizons of young people in Penn North through after-school and summer programming. An excerpt: “If we can expose our children to new career paths, that will take […]

  • OSI Director Diana Morris named to Johnny Olszewski’s Transition Team

    Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. has named Open Society Institute – Baltimore Director Diana Morris co-chair of his Transition Team Education Committee, along with Edward Gilliss, a lawyer and partner at Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid LLP, and a former chairman of the Baltimore County school board. “I’m eager to take on this challenge,” says […]

  • WYPR on OSI’s 20th Anniversary, 2018 Fellows cohort

    Yesterday, Sheilah Kast, host of WYPR’s On the Record, interviewed Open Society Institute Director Diana Morris and OSI Community Fellowships Director Pamela King about the organization’s 20th Anniversary and the 2018 cohort of OSI Community Fellows. Listen here. Kast then profiled 2018 Fellow Eric Fishel, whose project, Baltimore Foodparks, aims to convert some of the city’s […]

  • OSI Fellow Munib Lohrasbi and Disability Rights Maryland to release report on confinement of women with disabilities

    On Friday, OSI Community Fellow Munib Lohrasbi will host a press conference at the office of OSI grantee Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) to announce the release of a report, “Segregation and Suicide: Confinement at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.” Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Jazz Lewis, and Delegate-elect Sara Love join DRM Executive Director Robin […]

  • OSI hosts second public health advocacy and leadership training

    This weekend in Easton, Maryland, Open Society Institute’s Addiction and Health Equity team hosted its second Advocacy and Leadership Training for people with lived experience with addiction. The first training took place last month in Frederick. The trainings are intended to help build the field of advocates around the state and increase the representation of people […]