What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? What does a model American do, and what responsibilities do Americans have to their communities and each other? How have the answers to these questions changed over the history of the United States? The participants in the reading and discussion program “American Politics and Community Today” will engage with these questions and others regarding politics and the current state of civic thought, feeling, and participation. This series, part of the NEH funded “Democracy in Dialogue,” was created by The University of Chicago’s Ken Warren. Indecision Benjamin Kunkel After […]
After transforming his life with a seemingly magical pill, Dwight finds himself in South America, where he just might find himself — as well as discover his place in the world and his responsibilities towards it.
The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison
These essays by the author of Invisible Man reflect on race, literature, music, and the experience and contradictions of living in America during the 20th century.
Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education
Danielle Allen looks at the current condition of civic distrust in America, tracing it back to school integration in the 1950s, and suggests practical ways that Americans can begin to overcome the issues that divide them.
Between Past and Future
This collection of essays by celebrated philosopher Hannah Arendt investigates a series of concepts — authority, freedom, education, and more — and explains their significance to our political life.
The Book of Daniel
Loosely based on the Rosenberg espionage case, this novel follows Daniel as he looks into his parents’ conviction and execution while participating in the 1960s student movement.