May 11, 2011, 9:30 - 11:30 AM - Washington, D.C. Area
What It Is and Why It Matters
A discussion featuring
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mona Charon in National Review Online - "Americanism: Why It Matters"
Rick Cohen in The Nonprofit Quarterly - "Thinking About True Americanism"
In an age of increasing cultural diversity at home and of increasing globalization abroad, questions are being agitated about what it means today to be an American. How, in fact, do we identify ourselves, both as individuals and as a people? What do we look up to and revere? To what larger community and ideals are we attached and devoted? For what are we willing to fight and to sacrifice?
A new anthology, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, edited by Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub, speaks directly to these questions. Using the soul-shaping possibilities of American short stories, political speeches, and songs, it addresses issues of national identity, the American character, the virtues and aspirations of civic life, and the problem of making a national one out of the multicultural many. The book contains a moving speech by Theodore Roosevelt, which powerfully argues that all new immigrants must be assimilated into the idea and practice of "True Americanism." This symposium revisited Theodore Roosevelt's speech and the issues it raises. What, if anything, defines "True Americanism" today? Why and for what purposes does it matter?
The 2011 Bradley Symposium, hosted by Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and National Affairs, featured a discussion among prominent political figures and scholars, led by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Amy Kass and AEI Madden-Jewett Scholar Leon Kass.
"True Americanism" by Theodore Roosevelt
Program and Panel
Registration, breakfast buffet
Welcome by Yuval Levin, National Affairs
Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R - Tennessee) and Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University and 2005 Bradley Prize recipient
Frank Hanna, CEO, Hanna Capital
Daniel Henninger, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal
Amy A. Kass, Hudson Senior Fellow and Co-editor,What So Proudly We Hail
Leon R. Kass, Co-editor,What So Proudly We Hail and 2003 Bradley Prize Recipient
Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and 2003 Bradley Prize Recipient
Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University Professor and 2011 Bradley Prize Recipient
Wilfred McClay, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Diana Schaub, Co-editor, What So Proudly We Hail
Paul E. Singer, Founder of Elliott Associates
Juan Williams, Journalist and Fox News political analyst
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