Free Public Screening & Community Conversation; American Creed

Rensselaerville Library, in partnership with the Carey Institute for Global Good, is hosting a screening of the PBS documentary “American Creed,” at the Institute’s Guggenheim Pavilion on July 28, 2019. The screening will be followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Paul Grondahl of NYS Writers Institute.

In the documentary film, 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.

For example: 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 Joan Blades, founder of, 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?

AMERICAN CREED Community Conversations are film screenings and scholar-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. Rensselaerville Library is hosting a community conversation screening and facilitated discussion to provide space where we can bring our various backgrounds, life experiences and points of view together to explore the questions integral to our democracy. This opportunity will demonstrate how an audience with a wide range of beliefs can come together and respectfully discuss the reasons for different interpretations. It is anticipated that the notes captured from the discussions will encourage and support future conversations or activities.

  • Date: July 28, 2019
  • Time: 4:00-6:00pm
  • Location: Carey Institute for Global Good, Guggenheim Pavilion
  • Ticket Info: This event is FREE and open to the public.

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