Area libraries slate talks about ‘American Creed’

Blair County Library System, in partnership with area libraries and Penn State Altoona, is hosting community conversations drawing upon themes of the documentary “Amer-ican Creed,” facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona.

These events are designed to bring individuals from diverse communities together to discuss local issues and how they affect our shared sense of American Identity through facilitated conversations and a partial screening of the film.

The events will be held at:

n Tyrone-Snyder Public Library: 6 p.m. April 4

n Bellwood Antis Public Library: 6 p.m. April 25

n Hollidaysburg Area Public Library: 6 p.m. May 9

The documentary film, “American Creed,” former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed.

Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of Americaás promise across deepening divides.

At the heart of this film, Rice and Kennedy lead a moving discussion with first-generation college students about the question: what does it mean to be American today?

American Creed Community Conversations are film screenings and scholar-facilitated discussions that mirror the type of conversation Rice and Kennedy have in the film; one designed to engage Americans in reflection and dialogue about their own part in the American story, and in acting to shape that story for the better.


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