June 2, 2011, 12:00 - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
The Center for American Common Culture and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation present
Identity, Democracy, and the Nation-State
Hudson Institute - Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
There has been much debate within the academic community about whether a strong national core identity is necessary to democracy, or whether it is ultimately subversive.
An eminent panel addressed this issue by asking important questions. Do immigrants have the right to redefine the culture of their new homeland? What requirements, if any, should Western societies demand of non-Western immigrants?
Can secularism and scientific rationalism—with obeisance to globalism and multiculturalism—be enough to perpetuate democracy and Western civilization, or are religious virtues and traditional Western values of critical importance to the survival of democracy?
(Standing) Berman, Caldwell, Fonte, Ceaser
(Seated) Novak and Pera
Panelists included Italian philosopher, Senator, and former President of the Italian Senate Marcello Pera ; leading American Catholic political thinker Michael Novak; renowned scholar of American politics James Ceaser; and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University Paul Berman. Prominent journalist Christopher Caldwell of the Weekly Standard and Financial Times moderated the event.
Program and Panel
Introduction by John Fonte , Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture
James Ceaser, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia
Michael Novak, Professor and Trustee at Ave Maria University
Marcello Pera, Italian Senator and Hudson Institute Visiting Fellow
Christopher Caldwell, Senior Editor at the Weekly Standard (Moderator)
Hudson's Center for American Common Culture is grateful to The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for its generous support of this event.
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