“American Creed” Documentary Screening and Discussion

Sunday, March 24th at 1:30 pm
Main Library

Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary “American Creed.”


In this documentary, Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State, and David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of people striving to bridge deepening divides in different communities around the country. Immediately following we will hold a discussion facilitated by Professor Jennifer Thompson Burns, PhD Candidate in Philosophy – United States History with a concentration in 19th century US Social History. Key topics to be discussed will include such questions as; who gets to define the “American Creed,” what does it mean to be an American, what role does education and economic opportunity play in people’s perception of their own access to the “American Dream,” and how do we begin to make a difference in our own communities to make all members feel engaged and respected. This would include an examination of how we feel our institutions are failing us in order to build a better path for all.

American Creed: Community Conversations is a project of Citizen Film in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Writing Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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