American Creed Community Conversations

American Creed Community Conversations

What are the hopes and beliefs that unite us as Americans? At a time when our country may feel divided, join us for a series of discussions designed to engage our community in thoughtful and respectful dialogue about the ideals we share in common as a nation. Presented in partnership with the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Carmel Clay Public Library.

The series begins with a screening of the PBS documentary American Creed on May 2, but each session is a standalone event. Attend as many as you like. For more information, call 317.814.3952 or email sosha@carmel.lib.in.us.

Thursday, May 23

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
American Creed Community Conversation: We the People

Who are "we the people," and who gets to define the American creed? Join us for a discussion on immigration facilitated by IUPUI faculty members.

Suggested background reading & viewing:

  • Jose Antonio Vargas, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant"
  • Brent and Craig Renaud, New York Times Documentaries, "Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis"

Thursday, May 30

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
American Creed Community Conversation: Civic Engagement

Join IUPUI faculty to consider what civic engagement means and to explore the interplay between engagement at the local level and with the sprawling community that is the United States.

Suggested background reading & viewing:

  • Claudia Rankine, from Citizen, "VI [On the train the woman standing]"
  • Eric Liu for TED-Ed, "How to Understand Power"
     

American Creed: Community Conversations is a project of Citizen Film in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Writing Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Carmel Clay Public Library was one of 50 US public libraries selected to take part in American Creed: Community Conversations.