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July 8, 2019
What Does It Mean to Be American? A Conversation on Citizenship
Join a diverse panel of Hoosier public servants to explore what it means to be an American citizen.
Event Details

The Harrison Center invites you to a panel discussion on the nature of American citizenship with former Congressman Lee Hamilton, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court Randy Shepard, Dr. Una Osili of IUPUI’s Lilly School of Philanthropy, and Charles Hyde, President and CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site—moderated by writer and former civil servant Alexandra Hudson.

It often feels like we live in the most divided of moments in America, both politically and socially. But do we? 

What is citizenship? Is it merely a legal status or something more? What can we learn from past eras of division in both Indiana’s and America’s history, and how can we use that insight to understand what it means to be an American? Does our less-than-inclusive track record of citizenship and civic participation negate American founding ideals of equality, the rule of law and human dignity? How has new communicative technology, including social media, changed the way we think about being an American citizen?

This engaging event will gather a diverse selection of Hoosier leaders to discuss these and other important questions. The panelists will offer a depth of wisdom to the complex challenges of our time, bringing their experience to bare on how we approach our future.

The moderated conversation will occur from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience. A reception will follow in the Harrison Center’s City Gallery, which features the art and rare books from the exhibit Front Porch Civility.

For more information, contact the Harrison Center at (317) 396-3886 or info@harrisoncenter.org.

This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.

Event Info
July 8, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:30pm