American Creed – Civic Engagement
March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
In collaboration Southwest Minnesota State University and Pioneer Public Television, and with the support of a grant from the American Library Association, both SMSU and the Marshall-Lyon County Library will be hosting a lecture and discussion series based around the PBS program American Creed. Crossing party lines and spanning across the US, American Creed asks: what does it mean to be an American?
The third event in this series will focus on the topic of civic engagement. What is civic engagement? How can communities and individuals make a difference by focusing on our similarities? Staff from SMSU’s office of Diversity and Inclusion will moderate.
This event will also be held at earlier in the day at noon in Charter Hall room 201 on SMSU’s campus. Both events are free and open to the public. A map of SMSU’s facility can be found here: http://www.smsu.edu/map/index.html.
About American Creed
Co-produced by Citizen Film & WTTW-Chicago Public Media, American Creed is constructed around a seminar-style conversation co-led by the renowned historian David M. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of best-selling books about American history; and his Stanford University colleague, the political scientist and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Fully acknowledging their differences in political outlook, Kennedy and Rice recognize that “a unifying sense of American democratic ideals and identity is fragile.” Their dialogue throughout the film interprets different kinds of American civic activism and models the exemplary, respectful dialogue that American Creed: Community Conversations seeks to support in public libraries around the country.