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

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?

Required Reading
True Americanism by Theodore Roosevelt

Program and Panel

9:00 a.m.
Registration, breakfast buffet

Welcome by Yuval Levin, National Affairs

Panel discussion 

Question-and-answer session


Media Mentions

Mona Charon in National Review OnlineAmericanism: Why It Matters

Rick Cohen in The Nonprofit QuarterlyThinking About True Americanism

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, Panelist

(R – Tennessee) and Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference

Robert P. George, Panelist

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University and 2005 Bradley Prize recipient

Frank Hanna, Panelist

CEO, Hanna Capital

Daniel Henninger, Panelist

Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal

Amy A. Kass, Co-Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow and Co-editor, What So Proudly We Hail

Charles Krauthammer, Panelist

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and 2003 Bradley Prize Recipient

Harvey Mansfield, Panelist

Harvard University Professor and 2011 Bradley Prize Recipient

Wilfred McClay, Panelist

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Diana Schaub, Panelist

Co-editor, What So Proudly We Hail

Paul E. Singer, Panelist

Founder of Elliott Associates

Juan Williams, Panelist

Journalist and Fox News political analyst

Leon Kass Co-Moderator

AEI Madden-Jewett Scholar and Co-editor, What So Proudly We Hail

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