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“American history is a quagmire, and the more one knows, the quaggier the mire gets.”
-Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 2: American Identity July 1st - 7th
Who are we as Americans? Everyone has their own definition of the American identity, and most agree it’s being lost. A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 71 percent of Americans feel the United States is losing its national identity — that is, the beliefs and values the country represents. During this week, we reach across the aisles of both politics and faith. We examine how we’ve defined American identity throughout our history and the stories we’ve told to shape that identity; the political, economic and social factors that shape our contemporary definitions; and what these different national identities — at times in conflict with one another — mean for our democracy and the prosperity of all Americans. We’ll consider whether a new foundation of American identity is necessary — or even possible.
Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 2 Speaker Books.