11
May 2011
Past Event
The 2011 Bradley Symposium: True Americanism: What It Is and Why It Matters

The 2011 Bradley Symposium: True Americanism: What It Is and Why It Matters

Past Event
Park Hyatt Washington D.C
May 11, 2011
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11
May 2011
Past Event

24 & M Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Speakers:
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, <i>Wall Street Journal</i>

Amy A. Kass,

Hudson Senior Fellow and Co-editor, <i>What So Proudly We Hail</i>

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, <i>What So Proudly We Hail</i>

Paul E. Singer,

Founder of Elliott Associates

Juan Williams,

Journalist and Fox News political analyst

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":http://www.amazon.com/What-So-Proudly-We-Hail/dp/1610170067/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1303316844&amp;sr=8-6, 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?

Required Reading
True Americanism by Theodore Roosevelt

Program and Panel

9:00 a.m.
Registration, breakfast buffet

9:30
Welcome by Yuval Levin, National Affairs

9:35
Panel discussion 

11:00
Question-and-answer session

11:30
Adjournment

Media Mentions

Mona Charon in National Review Online - Americanism: Why It Matters

Rick Cohen in The Nonprofit Quarterly - Thinking About True Americanism

To request further information on this event or the Bradley Center, please email or call (202) 974-2424.

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