UPCOMING EVENTS


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New Ulm, MN- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

January 16, 2019- New Ulm Public Library

New Ulm Public Library in partnership with New Ulm Community Education and CASTLE (Community and Seniors Together Learning) will host a screening and community conversation led by History Professor Dr. Timothy Grundmeier of Martin Luther College.

The program begins at 1:30pm. Call the library at 507-359-8331 to learn more.


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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

December 12, 2019- East Brunswick Public Library

The East Brunswick Library is hosting a 4-part series Understanding America, with a screening of American Creed and facilitated-discussion by Associate Professor of American and Gender Studies Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik of Rutger’s University on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30pm — 9pm.

Community partners for this event include East Brunswick Human Relations Council, and multicultural organizations including, Hadassah, Indian Cultural Society, and CACA Chinese School.

The screening and discussion will take place in Meeting Room 3.


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PORTLAND, OR- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November 20, 2019- Mittleman JCC

Mittleman JCC in partnership with Portland State University is hosting a screening of American Creed followed by a scholar-facilitated discussion.

American Creed’s Director and Producer Sam Ball will attend and participate in the post-screening discussion.

This event begins at 7:00pm - Check out their website for more event details.


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BERKELEY, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November 14, 2019- East Bay JCC

The JCC East Bay will host a scholar-facilitated event in partnership with the UC Berkeley Democracy Initiative.

National Writing Project’s Executive Director Elyse Eidman-Aadahl will lead the post-screening discussion with MoveOn’s Co-Founder Joan Blades.


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HARTFORD, CT- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November 5, 2019- Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford

The Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford is hosting a screening of American Creed followed by breakout table discussions moderated by University of Connecticut’s Campus Director Mark Overmyer-Velazquez. Table facilitators include youth and religious leaders, members of the event’s organizing committee, and community activists.

The event will take place at the JCC’s gymnasium.


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HARRISON, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November 3, 2019- Harrison Public Library

Hosted by Harrison Public Library, Dr. Rosalind W. Rothman of Southern Connecticut University will lead the post-screening facilitated discussion on Sunday, November 3, starting at 1:30pm.


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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

October 26 — December 7, 2019- Broward County Library System

Join Broward County Main Library, Friends of Fort Lauderdale Libraries, and League of Women Voters of Broward County in a three-part series, “Community Conversations: Differences that Unite Us” that will discuss American ideals through reflection and dialogue on our shared values.

On Saturday, October 26, 2019 the library will screen American Creed followed by a scholar-facilitated discussion led by Professor Tim Dixon of Nova Southeastern University on what it means to be an American.

The community conversation on Saturday, November 23, 2019 will explore each person’s role in civic engagement led by a representative from the League of Women Voters.

Lastly, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Main Library Regional Manager Jill Sears will lead a discussion focused on the book “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.”


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SUSQUEHANNA, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

October 24, 2019- Selinsgrove Borough Building

Susquehanna University in partnership with Selinsgrove Public Library and Selinsgrove Borough, is hosting a community conversation about the PBS Documentary American Creed on Thursday October 24th, 2019.

Post-screening discussion will be facilitated by Jewish Studies Scholar Laurence Roth of Susquehanna University.

Event will take place in the Community Rooms.


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MOLINE, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

October 7, 2019- Moline Public Library

Join Moline Public Library in partnership with St. Ambrose University, local PBS affiliate WQPT, and World Relief for a community conversation about the PBS Documentary American Creed.

Moderated by ESL Professor Dr. Edwin Ubeda, of St. Ambrose University.

Event starts at 6:30pm.


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PALM DESERT, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

October 3, 2019- Palm Desert Public Library

Hosted by Palm Desert Library on Thursday, October 3rd, 3pm — 5pm join in a community conversation about the PBS Documentary American Creed.

Moderated by Dr. Fred Jandt, a distinguished specialist in mediation communication.


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GREENWICH, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

October 2, 2019- Greenwich Free Library

Greenwich Free Library in partnership with community partners, Better Angels, Greenwich Interfaith, American Legion of Greenwich, and Comfort Food Community are hosting a community conversations drawing on themes of American Creed.

Joe Donahue from WAMC Northeast Public Radio will lead the discussion following the film screening.

Event is from 6:30pm — 8:30pm.


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MACEDON, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

October 1, 2019- Macedon Public Library

Join Macedon Public Library on Tuesday, October 1st 6pm — 8pm along with community partners, Macedon Republic Caucus, Town of Macedon Historian, and the 1816 Quaker Farmington Quaker Meeting House for an American Creed screening and community conversation.

History and Liberal Arts Professor Richard Newman from Rochester Institute of Technology will lead the discussion following the film screening.

Pre-registration is required. Call (315) 985-5932.


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MISSOULA, MT- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

September 30, 2019- Missoula Public Library

What does it mean to be American? What is your American Creed?

Join Missoula Public Library for the grand finale of their September-long Revolutionary Words series with a screening and community conversation about the PBS Documentary American Creed.

The conversation will include a panel of community representatives from across the spectrum of civic life in Missoula and will be moderated by Humanities Montana scholar Lowell Jaeger.

Event takes place in the Large Meeting Room, 6pm — 8:45pm.

Light refreshments will be served.


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EXTON, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

August 18, August 27, & September 19, 2019- Chester County Library

Join Chester County Library on Sunday, August 18th at 1:30pm — 3pm for a screening and community conversation about the PBS Documentary American Creed.

On Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30pm — 7:30pm join historian, lecturer, and teacher Roger Arthur for an interesting view of our Fourteenth Amendment and discussing “what it means to be an American.”

The League of Women Voters will lead a panel discussion on Thursday, September 19th, 6:30pm — 7:30pm to discuss the importance of voting and taking part in the election process. Speakers include Carol Kuniholm, chair and co-founder of Fair Districts PA, a nonpartisan political organization that promotes democracy.

All events take place in Struble Room.


PAST EVENTS


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GALLUP, NM- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

August 30, 2019 - El Morro Theatre and Events Center

Hosted by Octavia Fellin Public Library, award-winning poet and writer of Chicano descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca led a discussion about engaged citizenship and American identity following a free screening of American Creed at the local historic El Morro Theatre.

Read highlights from the special event in the article, “Author delves into what it means to be an American,” published by the Gallup Independent.


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DARIEN, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

June 18, July 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 14, & Aug. 29, 2019- Indian Prairie Public Library

On June 18, 7pm - 8:30pm Dr. William Whisenhunt, College of DuPage, guided a community conversation about what it means to be an American with an interactive lecture incorporating clips from American Creed.

This event kicked off a summer long American Creed programming series including four more events designed to engage the community in discussion about citizenship and American identity.


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ST. LOUIS, MO- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

June 10, July 25, & August 20, 2019- St. Louis County Library

St. Louis County Library hosted a community conversation about the PBS Documentary American Creed.

Conversations following the screening were moderated by Dr. John Inazu of Washington University.


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NYACK, NY- CIVIC SATURDAY

August 17, 2019- Nyack Library

Nyack Library hosted Civic Saturday where they gathered to discuss the moral question of what it means to be an American. The event was hosted by Felix Endara, a civic seminarian from Citizen University.

The discussion was held at the Community/Meeting Room from 12pm- 2pm.


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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

August 13, 2019- Prince William County Library

Chinn Park Public Library held a screening and discussion of the PBS American Creed documentary. This screening discussed the five values that America represents.

The focus of the documentary was discussed and community members shared opinions on whether they think these values are followed in today’s society.

The event took place in the Chinn Park Community Room.


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RIDGEFIELD, CT- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

August 8, 2019- University City Public Library

A screening and discussion of American Creed was hosted at the Ridgefield Library.


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DENTON, TX- COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

May 28, June 8, Aug 6, 2019- Emily Fowler Public Library

A screening of American Creed was followed by a discussion led by National Writing Project representative and UNT Education Professor Carol Wickstrom at the Emily Fowler Public Library on May 28 at 6:30 pm.

This event was the first in a series of American Creed events designed to engage the community in discussion about engaged citizenship and American identity.

On June 8 at 2:00 pm, TWU Psychology Professor John Terrizzi gave a presentation on what causes prejudice to happen in the brain and what we can do to better appreciate all diversity. 

And finally, on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 pm, Denton Public Library and TWU English Professor Gretchen Busl led a book discussion on the title Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet.


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HARRISBURG, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

July 29, 2019- Harrisburg JCC

Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and Community Responders Network hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a Community Conversation with:

  • Tiffany Chang Lawson - Director of the Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement at PA Dept of State

  • Brandon Flood - Secretary at PA Board of Pardons

  • Mohan Seshadri - ED of Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

  • Rev. Shayna Watson - Canon Pastor at St.Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral Harrisburg

  • Heidi Notario - VP Strategic Partnership and System Change at NRCDV, and Board member of LGBT Center Harrisburg

  • Moderated by Aaysha Noor - Co-chair at Response Team CRN and Jenn Ross - President/CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.

Read the community review article written by CEO, Jenn Ross here.


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PRINCETON, NJ - COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

July 12, 2019- Morven Museum and Garden

Morven Museum and Garden hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a quick “write and share” facilitated by Dr. Heather Casey of Rider University and Morven’s Curator of Education & Public Programs Debra Lampert-Rudman.

Small group conversations led by Rider University NWP facilitators on the central theme of “What it means to be an American” took place during a noon lunch-and-learn session.  Beginning at 1:00 p.m., garden walks and themed writing in and around Morven’s gardens took place concluding with a share/wrap up/invitation to continue the conversation followed by Museum tours.


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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

July 10, 2019- University City Public Library

University City Public Library hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a discussion, moderated by Cathy Griner, a teacher consultant at the Gateway Writing Project, specializing in American Creed-themed projects.

This event is part of the Library's summer-long American Creed: Community Conversations program series.


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CRANSTON, RI- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

July 10, 2019- University City Public Library

Cranston Public Library in partnership with OneCranston Working Cities Challenge Initiative, hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a post-discussion facilitated by Larry Warner of United Way of Rhode Island.


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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

June 29, 2019- Jeffersonville Township Public Library

National Writing Project Scholars from the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast engaged the audience in a discussion before and after the film about what it means to be an American.


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OCEANSIDE, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

July 6, 2019- Oceanside Public Library: Mission Branch

The Oceanside Public Library, Mission Branch, hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a Community Conversation led by Dr. Fredi Avalos, of Cal State University San Marcos Saturday, July 6 at 10am.

Then The Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with San Marcos Writing Project hosted a day of discussion and writing surrounding the theme: “What it means to be American” at the Mission Branch Library on Saturday, July 6 from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.


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RENSSELAERVILLE, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

July 28, 2019- Carey Institute Guggenheim Pavilion

Rensselaerville Library and the Carey Institute For Global Good screened American Creed followed by a discussion facilitated by Paul Grondahl, Director of the NYS Writers Institute.


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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

June 9, 16, 23 & July 14, 21, 2019- Metropolitan Library System

American Creed screened all over Oklahoma City at various branches in June and July.

Events were held every Sunday starting June 9th from 2pm to 5pm.

See their website for more details.


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PAWLING, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

June 15, 2019 - Pawling Free Library

Pawling Library hosted a special screening of American Creed followed by a discussion moderated by Peabody Award winning journalist Ron Steinman.


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DENVER, CO- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

June 23, 2019- Denver Public Library

This screening at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library was followed by a discussion with American Creed Executive Producer Randy Bean facilitated by CU Boulder professor of Africana Studies Dr. Awon Atuire.


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NEVADA CITY, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

June 15, 2019- Madelyn Helling Library Community Room

This screening of American Creed was followed by a discussion featuring Mark Meckler, leader of the Convention of States, Co-Founder of the Tea Party, and featured participant in the film American Creed.


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NYACK, NY- FILM FESTIVAL WITH NYACK LIBRARY AND RIVERTOWN FILM

June 8, 2019 - Nyack Library

The Nyack Library hosted a film festival where local filmmakers were invited to submit short films inspired by American Creed to answer the question: How we can make a difference in our immediate community?


Outstanding submissions were recognized at the event.
Adult: $50 1st Place / $25 runner up
Youth: $25 1st Place / $15 runner up
Prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Nyack Library

This event was part of a five-program series running from March 2nd until August 17th. Learn more about the series here!


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SCHAUMBURG, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 30, 2019- Schaumburg Township District Library

A screening and discussion of the PBS Documentary American Creed where former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come from different perspectives to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists striving to realize their visions of America's promise across deepening divides. 

The event took place on Thursday May 30th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.


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FERGUSON, MO- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 25, 2019- Ferguson Municipal Public Library

What makes us American? Is our skin color, religion, or doctrine? The Ferguson Municipal Public Library hosted a discussion following a screening of American Creed about what makes a person an American, and how these beliefs define us as a nation.

The discussion was led by Cathy Griner, Assistant Director Youth Writing for Gateway Writing Project at UMSL.

Special thanks to the Association of American University Women.


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BALDWINSVILLE, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 23, 2019- Baldwinsville Public Library

Tom Henry lead a discussion considering what America's ideals and identity ought to be following a screening of American Creed.

This event was part of a season long American Creed programming series which includes six more community events designed to foster civic engagement and discussion about American ideals and identity.


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GULFPORT, MS- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 23, 2019- Orange Grove Library

Can a divided America find common ground? Orange Grove Library hosted a screening and discussion of American Creed facilitated by Dr. Deanne Stephens.

This event kicked off a programming series led by the Harrison County Library system including a event on June 26th at the Pass Christian Library and a July 25 Living Room Conversation.


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NORTHBROOK, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 22, 2019- Northbrook Public Library

Can a divided America find common ground? Northbrook Public Library hosted a screening and discussion of American Creed to discover what unites us as Americans from 6pm to 8:30pm.


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CARMEL CLAY, IN- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 2, 16, & 23, 2019- Carmel Clay Public Library

At a time when our country may feel divided, what are the hopes and beliefs that unite us as Americans? Carmel Clay Public Library hosted a series of discussions designed to engage the community in thoughtful and respectful dialogue.

Their three event series explored themes from American Creed in partnership with the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Events were held on Thursday, May 2, 16, & 23  from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Program Room.


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NEVADA CITY, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 21, 2019- Doris Foley Library for Historical Research

Nevada County Public Libraries hosted a conversation on connection and relationship in Nevada County.  This community conversation used a discussion format developed by the Center for Civic Reflection.


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HEWLETT, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 17, 2019- Hewlett-Woodmere Library

Hewlett-Woodmere Library hosted a screening and discussion of American Creed. Professor and former NYPD officer James Coll facilitated a well attended discussion after the film.

The event took place Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 10:30am- 12:00pm in the Boehm Meeting Room.


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ASHLAND, OR- COMMUNTIY CONVERSATION

May 16, 2019- Southern Oregon University

SOU's English Program, with support from the Oregon Writing Project and the Multicultural Resource Center hosted a public screening of American Creed.

The film was followed by a guided conversation, facilitated by Dr. Alma Rosa Alvarez, about how to bridge divides and come together as a community. 

The event will took place in the Hannon Library Meese Room on the SOU campus from 4:30pm to 7pm.


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HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 9, 2019- Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

Blair County Library System, in partnership with area libraries and Penn State Altoona, hosted community conversations drawing on themes of American Creed. This event is designed to bring individuals from diverse communities together to discuss local issues and how they may intersect with the notion of American Identity.

Conversations after the film were facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona.

The event was held on Thursday, May 9th at 6pm.


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MEDIA, PA- FAMILY HISTORY WRITING WORKSHOP

May 7, 2019- Middletown Free Library

The Middletown Free Library in partnership with Neumann University hosted a workshop that helped patrons to write their family history. It illustrated where individual family history fits in to local, national, and world history.

Laura Kuchmay presented on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30pm.


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PLYMOUTH, MI- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 13, April 25, & May 11, 2019- Plymouth Library

This 3 part screening of American Creed a PBS documentary that invited audiences in Plymouth, Michigan to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be.

The first discussion was led by Dr. Stephen Berrey from the University of Michigan on March 13th from 1pm- 4pm in the Waldorf/Dunning Room.

The second discussion was on April 25, 2019 at 6pm- 8:45pm in the Waldorf/Dunning Room.

The third discussion was on May 11, 2019 at 1pm- 4pm in the Waldorf/Dunning Room.


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FAYETTEVILLE, NC- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

May 5, 2019- Cumberland County Public Library

American Creed is screening at the North Regional Branch of Cumberland County Public Library. The screening and followed discussion will be on Sunday, May 05, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm.

There will be a panel discussion and a series of book discussions to explore what unites us as Americans that will follow. For more information click here.


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NYACK, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION AND WRITING RECOGNITION EVENT

May 5, 2019 - Nyack Library

Join us for a Writing Celebration! After viewing excerpts from American Creed, we will celebrate outstanding youth and adult writing sparked by the film with a panel facilitated by Mary Sawyer, SUNY New Paltz, Jacqueline Hesse, Newburgh Free Academy, and P-TECH.


The American Creed Writing Celebration is accepting submissions until March 22, 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.nyacklibrary.org/american-creed.html

This event is part of a five-program series running from March 2nd until August 17th. Learn more about the series here!


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VERSAILLES, KY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 28, 2019- Woodford County Library

Woodford County Library had a community conversation that was focused around the documentary American Creed. This was followed by a discussion moderated by Lori Garkovich from the University of Kentucky and Rick Schein.

The event took place on Monday, April 28th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.


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MEDIA, PA- WRITING WORKSHOP

April 25, 2019- Middletown Free Public Library

The Middletown Free Library in partnership with Neumann University hosted an American Creed Memoir Writing Workshop with Dr. Mary Beth Yount.

They learned the “how-to” of memoir writing from an experienced author and got started with practical exercises. Writing Your Story Workshop allowed them to shape their past, connect with future generations, or simply keep their wits sharp.

The event took place Thursday, April 25th at 6:30pm.


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BELLWOOD, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 25, 2019- Bellwood- Antis Public Library

Blair County Library System, in partnership with area libraries and Penn State Altoona, hosted community conversations drawing upon themes of the documentary American Creed. This event was designed to bring individuals from diverse communities together to discuss local issues and how they affect our shared sense of American Identity.

Conversations after the film were facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona.

The event was held on Thursday, April 25th at 6pm.


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CHESTERFIELD, VA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 20 & 27, 2019- Chesterfield County Public Library

Chesterfield County Public Library is hosted a screening of American Creed on April 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM.

There was a discussion on the importance of civil dialogue facilitated by Dr. Sylvia Gale, director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, on April 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM to 12 PM.

Joan Blades, a co-founder of MoveOn and Mark Meckler co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots discussed how they used civic dialogue and active listening to get a better understanding of each others organizational missions and beliefs.


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WAKEFIELD, MA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 4, 11, & 25 2019 - Lucious Beebe Memorial Library

The Lucius Beebe Memorial Library is hosted three public screenings of American Creed followed by scholar facilitated discussions.


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DRYDEN, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 26, April 2 & 25, 2019- Southworth Library Association

The Southworth Library Association screened PBS Documentary American Creed and led guided discussions and writing responses facilitated by Sarah Kreps, Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University, David Franke, Professor of English at SUNY Cortland and Director of the Seven Valleys Writing Project, NWP, and Debbie Stack, Education and Outreach Coordinator for WCNY.

These events took place at 7pm.

American Creed Writing Celebration

There will be a writing contest on April 25 at 7pm. For more information on the prompt and submission instructions click here.

Two winners will be chosen in each of three categories: 10 – 16, 17 – 25 and over 25 for $50 prizes. 

Any other questions can be directed by email to director@southworthlibrary.org or call 607-844-4782.


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OROVILLE, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 15- 18, 2019- Butte County Public Library

The Butte County Library screened American Creed and hosted a four-part community conversation!

Facilitators were : Dr. Patrick Newell, Dean of the Library, Dr. Susan Roll, Director of Civic Engagement, Dr. Kate McCarthy, Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, Dr. Kim Jaxon, Associate Professor of English & Director of the Northern California Writing Project and Matt Thomas, Professor of Political Science (on various nights).

The events took place on the Chico State campus and the Chico and Oroville Library in the evening.

For more information click here.


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NEVADA CITY, CA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 18, 2019- Nevada County Public Library

Nevada County Public Library invited the community to come out for a screening and discussion of PBS Documentary American Creed. Lori Burkhart-Frank lead a guided discussion on connection and relationship in the community, and related it to a short reading or poem.

The event took place on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6pm to 7pm.

This is part of a four part series, for more information click here.


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ROCHESTER, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 13 & 18, 2019- Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County had a two-part discussion of PBS documentary American Creed.

Part one of the Community Conversation was a viewing and discussion facilitated by Beth Adams of WXXI. This event was on Saturday, April 13th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium.

Part two of the Community Conversation was facilitated by Dr. Timothy Kneeland, chair of the history department at Nazareth College on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm in the Kate Gleason Auditorium.

A panel discussed the themes presented in the film.

Panelists included:

  • Lomax Campbell - City of Rochester

  • Adam Chodak - WROC – TV

  • Kent Gardner - The Rochester Beacon.

  • Julie Philip - Democrat & Chronicle

  • Huber Van Tol - Pathstone


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WILMETTE, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 17, 2019 - Wilmette Public Library

Wilmette Public Library is hosting a screening of American Creed followed by a conversation facilitated by Debra Gurvitz and Deborah Shefren from the National Writing Project.

This event is part of a six-program series running from through April 30th. Learn more about the series here!


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WHEATON, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 8 & 15, 2019- Wheaton Public Library

Wheaton Public Library invited their community to join an American Creed film screening and discussion led by Dr. Caroline Kisiel of DePaul University.

The event took place at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room A.

The following week there was a deeper discussion into the themes of the PBS documentary American Creed.

Dr. Caroline Kisiel of DePaul University asked these questions: Who gets to be counted as "American" and why? How can we make a difference to our immediate community?

The event took place on April 15th at 7 pm in Meeting Room A.


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UNION, NJ- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 13, 2019 - Union Public Library

Union Public Library hosted a conversation about American identity and a special screening of American Creed followed by a discussion moderated by John Daquino (Union Public Library), Bridget Lepore & Voices of Kean (Kean University), and Kean University Writing Project.


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MEDIA, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 11, 2019- Middletown Free Library

Middletown Free Library hosted a screening of PBS Documentary American Creed followed by a conversation facilitated by Dr. Mary Beth Yount of Neumann University. The event was from 6:30pm- 8:45pm.

There will also be several writing workshops in May. The Memoir Writing Workshop with Dr. Mary Beth Yount will be on April 25 at 6:30pm. American Creed Family History Writing Workshop with Laura Kuchmay, the adult services librarian, will be on May 7 at 6:30pm. There is also an American Creed Book Discussion of "The Common Good" by Robert B. Reich on May 14 at 6:30pm.


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LIVERPOOL, NY- IMMIGRATION PAST & PRESENT

April 11, 2019- Liverpool Public Library

Liverpool Public Library and the Liverpool Village hosted Historian, Dorianne Gutierrez, for stories of settler groups immigrating to Liverpool.

The event also featured Daryl Files of the Interfaith Works of CNY, who will discuss current immigration in Syracuse as well as the process of immigrating to the United States.

They met in the Fay Golden Reading Room from 6:30pm- 8:30pm.


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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 10, 2019 - Poughkeepsie Library

Poughkeepsie Library invited their community to join them on April 10th from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a screening of American Creed followed by a bold conversation about what it will take to uphold American democracy.

This event was facilitated by Dr. Matthew Murray of Dutchess Community College.

It was the first in a series of public programs follow by The American creed, Identity and Social Change, a talk presented by Dr. Lynn Mills Eckert of Marist College about the application of American ideals and identity in today’s social landscape. Wednesday April 17, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.


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MARSHALL, MN- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 9, 2019- Marshall-Lyon Public Library

In collaboration Southwest Minnesota State University and Pioneer Public Television, and with the support of a grant from the American Library Association, both SMSU and the Marshall-Lyon County Library hosted a lecture and discussion series based around the PBS program American Creed. Crossing party lines and spanning across the US, American Creed asks: what does it mean to be an American?

The third event in this series will focused on the topic of civic engagement. What is civic engagement? How can communities and individuals make a difference by focusing on our similarities? Staff from SMSU’s office of Diversity and Inclusion moderated.

This event was held at the Marshall-Lyon County Library from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and was also held at earlier in the day at noon in Charter Hall room 201 on SMSU’s campus. 


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CHERRY HILL, NJ- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 8, 2019- Cherry Hill Public Library

Cherry Hill Public Library hosted a screening and discussion of American Creed.

After the screening, Dr. Christopher Fisher, Associate Professor of History at The College of New Jersey, lead a discussion that explored questions and themes raised in the documentary such as, "Who gets to be counted as "American" and why?"

The event will took place on Monday, April 8th from 7:00 pm - 9:00pm in the Conference Center Lower Level.


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TYRONE, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

April 4, 2019- Tyrone Snyder Public Library

Blair County Library System, in partnership with area libraries and Penn State Altoona, hosted a community conversation drawing upon themes of the PBS documentary American Creed.

Facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona, this events was designed to bring individuals from diverse communities together to discuss local issues and how they affect our shared sense of American Identity through conversations and a partial screening of the film.

The event was on Thursday, April 4th from 6pm to 7pm.


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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- AMERICA UNRAVELING? EXPLORING AMERICAN DIVERSITY AND UNITY

April 2, 2019- The Alvin Sherman Library

The Alvin Sherman Library hosted a discussion of PBS Documentary American Creed. A program developed by the Nova Southeastern University Inclusion and Diversity Council. 

Presenters included Dr. Robin Cooper, Special Assistant to the Dean and Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Ethnic Studies in the NSU College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.


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DAYTON, OH- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 30, 2019- Wright Memorial Library

Wright Memorial Library hosted a screening and discussion of American Creed on March 30th at 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Steven Conn, Miami University W. E. Smith Professor of History, facilitated the conversation.

Themes included: Who is American? How are American ideals shaped by different experiences? How can we make a difference in our communities?
 
Wright Library is partnered with Think TV to bring American Creed conversations to Oakwood and surrounding communities.


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BARRINGTON, RI- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 28, 2019 - Barrington Public Library

Barrington Public Library hosted a screening of American Creed, followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Prof. Aaron C. Allen of the American Studies Department at Roger Williams University.

Event took place from 6:30pm-9:00pm.


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SCRANTON, PA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 28, 2019 - Scranton Public Library

American Creed screened at Scranton Public Library followed by a Q&A discussion led by Historian Dr. Adam Pratt from The University of Scranton.


The screening was hosted in the Henkelman Room, 2nd floor of the library from 6:30-8:00pm.


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AUBURN, ME- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 28, 2019- Auburn Public Library

Adjusting to America: Who gets to be counted as "American" and why? How significant is the process of "Americanization" over generations?

Auburn Public Library concluded their American Creed Community Conversations with Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigration Services, who spoke about their cultural orientation and mentoring programs and gave first-hand accounts of what newcomers to America are asking about navigating daily life in the United States. Audience members asked questions and shared thoughts on what they see as the process of “Americanization.”

The event took place in the Androscoggin Community Room at 5:30pm- 6:30pm.


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AURORA, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 27, 2019- Aurora Free Library

Where Does a Nation’s Identity Come From? A screening of American Creed was hosted by Aurora Free Library on March 27th at 7:00pm.

The screening was followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Professor Michael Groth of Wells College on Equality of Opportunity: What it Meant in the Past and What it Means Now.


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NYACK, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 27, 2019- Nyack Library

American Creed screened in Nyack! Mayor Hammond spoke about how to get involved in the Nyack Community.

The Nyack Community Chorus*, under the direction of Dru Pluhowski, aims to create music that “fosters community, stirs the soul, and ignites joy for all.” The Chorus sang from their Winter Concert among these “Make Them Hear You”& “Give Me Your Tired Your Poor” to complement American Creed’s Conversation with Nyack’s Mayor Don Hammond.  

The screening was from 7pm- 8pm in the community meeting room.

This event is part of a five-program series running from March 2nd until August 17th. Learn more about the series here!


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MARSHALL, MN- AGRICULTURE ECONOMY DISCUSSION

March 26, 2019 - Marshall-Lyon County Library

A lecture and discussion took place at the Marshall-Lyon County Library that was based around American Creed, a PBS documentary.

The event is from 6:30pm- 8pm and focused on the farming and agriculture business, which affects civic relations from generations of family farmers to the immigrant workers who process turkeys and pick rocks. The discussion will included local speakers and was moderated by Cassie Williams of Southwest Minnesota State University’s (SMSU) Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).

This event was also held earlier in the day at noon in Charter Hall room 201 on  Southwest Minnesota State Universities campus. Both events were free and open to the public.


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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 26, 2019 - The Alvin Sherman Library

 American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be, screened on March 26th. The film showing was followed by a discussion with Timothy Dixon, J.D., Associate Professor, NSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History and Political Science.


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DOBBS FERRY, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 24, 2019- Dobbs Ferry Public Library

PBS Documentary American Creed screened at Dobbs Ferry Public Library on March 24th. A Community Conversation about "What Makes Us Americans" was moderated by Jami Floyd, WNYC local host of All Things Considered.


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TROY, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 24, 2019 - Troy Public Library

What role does education and economic opportunity play in your "American Dream?" Troy Public Library hosted a viewing and discussion of American Creed on March 24th at 1:30pm.

Facilitated by Professor Jennifer Thompson Burns, PhD Candidate in Philosophy – United States History with a concentration in 19th century US Social History.


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LIVERPOOL, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 23, 2019- Baldwinsville Public Library

Baldwinsville Public Library hosted a screening and discussion of PBS Documentary American Creed facilitated by Tom Henry at 6:30pm.

To see other community conversation events hosted by Liverpool Public Library’s Community Conversations click here.


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WILMETTE, IL- PUBLIC SCREENINGS

March 9 & 20, 2019 - Wilmette Public Library

A screening of American Creed hosted by the Wilmette Public Library took place on March 9th at 2pm.

This was part of a six-program series running from through April 30th. Learn more about the series here!


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STAMFORD, CT- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 20, 2019- Ferguson Library

Ferguson Library hosted a screening and discussion of American Creed on March 20th from 6pm- 8 pm.

Facilitators:
Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, Associate Professor of Literacy and Director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.

Dave Wooley, Connecticut Writing Project Teacher-Leader and English educator at Westhill High School teaches AP Language and Composition, Literacy Lab, and Beats, Rhymes and Life: Diverse Perspectives in Literature.


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LOPEZ ISLAND, WA- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 9, 2019 - Lopez Island Library

American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be screened at Lopez Island Library. The film showing was followed by a discussion led by Timothy Dixon, J.D., Associate Professor, NSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History and Political Science.


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AUBURN, ME- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 7, 2019 - Auburn Public Library

American Creed screened at the Auburn Public Library’s Androscoggin Community Room at 6pm. The screening was followed by a scholar facilitated discussion.

More information about Auburn Public Library events schedule can be found here!

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MARSHALL, MN- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 5, 2019 - Marshall-Lyon County Library

In collaboration Southwest Minnesota State University and Pioneer Public Television, and with the support of a grant from the American Library Association, both SMSU and the Marshall-Lyon County Library hosted a lecture and discussion series based around American Creed.

The first event in this series involved a showing of American Creed and a guided discussion. This event also was repeated earlier in the day in Charter Hall room 201 on SMSU’s campus. Both events were free and open to the public. A map of SMSU’s facility can be found here: http://www.smsu.edu/map/index.html.

This event will be followed by a moderated discussion about local Agriculture Economy on March 26th, and another about Civic Engagement on April 9th.

This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, January 24th, but was postponed twice due to weather.


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DOWNERS GROVE, IL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

March 2, 2019 - Downers Grove Library

Downers Grove Library screened the film American Creed and had a discussion on the ideas in the film, facilitated by DePaul Professor Caroline Kisiel.


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CLEVELAND, OH- PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 19, 2019 - Cleveland State University

Cleveland State’s Department of History, Department of Art and Design, the School of Film & Media, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Presented “American Creed,” followed by a lively discussion. The movie concluded with a more aspirational message, which was echoed by members of the audience who were born elsewhere but who came to the United States to pursue their education, a better job, or both.

During the discussion, led by Dr. Thomas Humphrey of History and Dr. Samantha Baskind of the Department of Art and Design, other members of the audience took a more pragmatic turn as they wrestled with how race, gender, and nationality especially shaped how people viewed themselves as inhabitants of the United States.


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SUFFIELD, CT- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Feb 16, 2019 - Kent Memorial Library

American Creed screened at 2pm at the Suffield Senior Center followed by a conversation facilitated by Lucy Nalpathanchil, host of Where We Live on WNPR.

The series continued on Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm at the Suffield Senior Center. Jonathan M. Beagle, an Associate Professor of History at Western New England University will present a talk on “The Seeds of the American Creed”.  Mr. Beagle’s emphasized on how our identities and ideals were formed in early American history.  Other speakers in the series were Douglas L. Battema, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication; William Force, Associate Professor of Sociology; and Winthrop Rhodes, Professor of English.  All teach at Western New England University.


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NYACK, NY- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Feb 16, 2019 - Nyack Library


The Rockland County Choral Society, "one of the oldest continuously performing arts organizations in Rockland County offered a full spectrum of beautiful choral music" under the direction of Russell Wagoner, that kicked off the American Creed Documentary screening by singing “"The Star Spangled Banner.”

This was the kickoff event for a five-program series running from March 2nd until August 17th. Learn more about the series here!


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LOS ANGELES, CA- AMERICAN CREED

Dec 9, 2018 - Skirball Cultural Center

American Creed screened at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 9th. The film was followed by a discussion facilitated by Liz Vogel from Facing History and Ourselves with director Sam Ball and film participants Tegan Griffith and Terrence Davenport. The event was copresented by Citizen Film, PBS SoCal, and the Skirball.


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EAST LANSING, MI- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Sept 20, 2018 - East Lansing Public Library

East Lansing Public Libraries and the Red Cedar Writing Project at Michigan State University hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a scholar facilitated discussion on September 20th, 2018. Singer David Roth was the lead-in performance from 6-6:30 p.m. More information about the event can be found here.


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RENO, NV- PUBLIC SCREENING

Sept 17, 2018 - JOE CROWLEY STUDENT UNION

The University of Nevada, Reno hosted a screening of American Creed followed by a discussion on September 17th, 2018 as part of a Constitution Day celebration. The event was held at the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater and is free to the public. More information about Constitution Day at UNR can be found here: http://constitutionday.unr.edu/


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BRIDGE, MU- COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SCREENING

Sept 11, 2018 - University of Missouri

An audience of University of Missouri students participated in a screening of American Creed followed by a scholar facilitated discussion in a program hosted by The Bridge, a “brave space” for the campus community to expand their multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills.


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SPARTA, NC- PUBLIC SCREENING

Aug 28, 2018 - Alleghany County Public Library

All Up has partnered with Citizen Film to host a special screening of American Creed at the AStanfordty Public Library in Sparta, North Carolina on August 28, 2018. Connect with All Up here: https://www.facebook.com/NCVAallUP/


PALO ALTO, CA YOUTH SCREENING

Jul 5, 2018 - Stanford

Newsroom By The Bay, a journalism and digital literacy summer training program for youth, invited American Creed director Sam Ball to keynote their summer 2018 session. Ball screened American Creed and facilitated a discussion about the film, and how journalists might create work that fosters conversation supporting shared investment in American democracy.

On July 4th students participated in a day long reporting challenge interviewing people to ask American Creed’s central question, “What does it mean to be American?” You can view the results of the challenge as well as the students’ live tweets of Sam Ball’s visit on Twitter here.


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FILMBAR AZ,- PUBLIC SCREENING

Apr 24, 20 18 - Indigo Cultural Center

Indigo Cultural Center and Arizona PBS partnered to host a special screening of highlights from American Creed. The screening included a lively audience discussion moderated by nationally recognized early childhood equity consultant, Dr. Eva Marie Shivers, director of Indigo Cultural Center. RSVP Facebook.com


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JEFFERSON, MO- PUBLIC SCREENING

Apr 10, 2018 - Capitol City Cinema

Jefferson City Commission on Human Relations and the Missouri Writing Project hosted a screening of American Creed. Following the film participants were invited to engage in a community conversation about topics raised in the film.


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CLEVELAND, OH- PUBLIC SCREENING

Apr 5, 2018 - Westfield Insurance Studio Theater at the Idea Center

Entrepreneur Terrence Davenport and Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith, both featured in American Creed, engaged Facing History students in a dialogue about freedom, fairness, opportunity, and the meaning of citizenship after screening a selection of clips from the film. 


CLEVELAND, OH- PUBLIC SCREENING

Apr 5, 2018 - Brown and Nord Teaching Labs at the Idea Center

Entrepreneur Terrence Davenport and Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith, both featured in American Creed, engaged Facing History students in a dialogue about freedom, fairness, opportunity, and the meaning of citizenship after screening a selection of clips from the film. 


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PHOENIX, AZ- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 28, 2018 - PBS Studio

Arizona PBS and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust hosted a screening of excerpts from American Creed and a panel discussion. 


BOSTON, MA- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 28, 2018 - WGBH

Facing History and Ourselves and WGBH hosted a special screening of American Creed followed by a conversation featuring director Sam Ball, and cast member Terrence Davenport. 


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PHILADELPHIA, PA- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 22, 2018 - Van Pelt Library

The Philadelphia Writing Project hosted a screening of American Creed with a discussion facilitated by Penn GSE professor Vivian Gadsden with special guest Councilman David Oh, plus free National Writing Project resources for teachers! For more information visit Writing Our Future: American Creed and a New Youth Publishing Opportunity.  RSVP eventbrite.com


CHANDLER, AZ- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 7, 2018 - Chandler Public Library

The public was invited to a screening of highlights from American Creed and discussion led by KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein and a panelists including Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Dr. Keon McGuire, and Dr. Maria Eva Shivers.  RSVP chandlerlibrary.libcal.com


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CENTER VALLEY, PA- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 6, 2018 - Penn State Lehigh Valley

The public was invited to attend a screening of American Creed. Following the screening, the director of Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project, Nicole Moschberger, lead an open-forum discussion for those in attendance. 


TULSA, OK- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 3, 2018 - Oklahoma State University

The public was invited to attend an American Creed screening and panel discussion with local Principal and American Creed cast member, Deidre Prevett. Presented by the National Writing Project. RSVP https://goo.gl/forms


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FAYETTEVILLE, AR- PUBLIC SCREENING

Mar 1, 2018 - University of Arkansas, Gearhart Hall

The public was invited to attend an American Creed screening and participate in a community conversation led by cast member Terrence Davenport. 


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AMERICAN CREED NATIONAL LAUNCH

Feb 27, 2018

Watch the American Creed PBS SPECIAL 2/27 at 9pm Eastern and Pacific Times (8pm Central and Mountain).


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WITTENBERG, WI- PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 26, 2018 - Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

The people of Wittenberg joined WBHS alumnus Tegan Griffith, featured in the film American Creed, for an evening of shared purpose, values, and experiences that hold us together as Americans. The film screening was followed by a town hall discussion moderated by Tegan.


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AMERICAN CREED EDUCATOR SCREENING AT KQED

Feb 22, 2018

Advanced screening of American Creed with filmmaker Q&A and free resources for teachers! Co-presented by KQED and the National Writing Project. RSVP Here: tinyurl.com/KQEDAmericanCreed


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TWIN FALLS, ID- PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 21, 2018 - Rick Allen at the Herret Center

Idaho Public Television - along with partners the Idaho Statesman and the Boise State University Center for Idaho History and Politics  - hosted a screening of clips from American Creed and a community conversation. On the eve of the potential expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Marcia Franklin of IdahoPTV held a community conversation with Magic Valley residents about ways they are bridging divides over this controversial issue. Learn more at http://idahoptv.org


PENSACOLA, FL- PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 20, 2018 - WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Studio

U.S. Marine/Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Leader Tegan Griffith and social entrepreneur Terrence Davenport joined an audience in Pensacola for an American Creed screening and Q&A.


CRESTVIEW, FL- PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 15, 2018 - Elegant Vue Event Center

WSRE is one of ten public television stations selected for hosting community events in conjunction with the national premiere of the film. The public was invited to attend screenings of American Creed and experience local stories about citizenship and community building. Learn more at wsre.org/events/americancreed.


BOISE, ID- PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 15, 2018 - Lincoln Auditorium, State Capitol

Idaho Public Television - along with partners the Idaho Statesman and the Boise State University Center for Idaho History and Politics  - hosted a screening of clips from American Creed and a community conversation. Bill Manny of the Idaho Statesman moderated a panel focusing on Idaho efforts to build consensus and seek common ground on some of the West’s thorny lands issues, an area of collaboration where Idaho has set an example for the nation. Learn more at http://idahoptv.org


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STEVENS POINT, WI PUBLIC SCREENING

Feb 14, 2018 - Stevens Point, WI

UW-Stevens Point senior Tegan Griffith, featured in the film American Creed, joined an audience in Stevens Point for an evening of shared purpose, values, and experiences that hold us together as Americans. The film screening was followed by a town hall discussion moderated by Tegan and directed by the viewers.


HAZLETON, PA- PUBLIC SCREENING

Dec 27, 2017 - Hazleton One Community Center

Joe Maddon returned to his hometown of Hazleton, PA for a special sneak preview of American Creed. Despite cold winter weather, over 150 enthusiastic fans attended. Said Maddon: "Being an American is about coming together and trusting one another and trying to do what's best for everybody, and not just for certain groups."

To find more American Creed events in Pennsylvania, visit wvia.org/american-creed.