DACOR: What American Values Best Express Our Concepts of American Democracy and may Serve to Guide Us into the Future?
This Salon will focus on the theme of differing perspectives on American values. Key questions to consider are: 1) What are America's values? Is there a set of core values that we hold in common that best serves the national interest, at home and abroad? 2) If there are no common values, what does this say about the belief in American exceptionalism and that America is "the City of the Hill" for other nations? If we can no longer agree on our values, how can we be a model to others? 3) Do our values make us exceptional or have we become more like other countries? Is the emphasis on American exceptionalism driven by nostalgia or a product of realities that reflect our primacy in the global political space? 4) In a global context, how will/should American values evolve, either by projecting our values or sharing values? James Patton is the President of International Religion and Diplomacy. In this role, he serves as a member of a number of collaborative efforts to advance the field of peacemaking, including: the U.S. Department of State's Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy; the Council on Foreign Relations' Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, and; the public-private partnership advancing national dialogue on reconciliation in Colombia, Reconcilación Colombia. This event costs $35 and includes dinner.