On Thursday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m., the Grass Valley Library – Royce Branch will host the first of three American Creed Community Conversations about connection, relationships, and the community. The public is invited to listen to a brief story and then participate in a discussion concerning the themes of the reading that will be moderated by Lori Burkhart-Frank.
Thursday's Community Conversation is the first of a series of library events reflecting the issues raised by the PBS documentary film American Creed. In American Creed, former US 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 America's promise across deepening divides.
Baseball manager Joe Maddon brings residents of his Pennsylvania hometown together after a controversial immigration ordinance threatens to tear them apart. In Seattle, civic entrepreneur Eric Liu brings community leaders together in spite of their political differences to solve problems. Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots (and until recently a resident of Grass Valley), and Joan Blades, founder of MoveOn.org, meet in her living room and form an unexpected bond.
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?
The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research in Nevada City will moderate a second Community Conversation on Tuesday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. The final discussion will take place at the Grass Valley Library on Monday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m. Different short stories, poems, and essays will be discussed at each Community Conversation, so interested parties are encouraged to attend all three. The screening and discussion of the film American Creed will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Madelyn Helling Library's Community Room. All events are free and open to the public.
The Nevada County Community Library was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, as one of 50 libraries nationwide receiving a programming grant to host community conversations centered on American Creed. American Creed Community Conversations are film screenings and 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. The Nevada County Community Library is participating in American Creed Community Conversations because public discourse and understanding are important to the health of our community.
American Creed is a co-production of Citizen Film and WTTW Chicago and was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen. American Creed Community Conversations are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information, visit mynevadacounty.com/library or americancreed.org, or call (530) 470-2692.