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“A Democracy Needs a Demos: A Global View of Why National Identity Is Essential for America and Also Good for the World”
A pressing need for identity has gripped the world in the age of electronic interconnectedness and moderately priced, accessible travel. This shouldn’t surprise. Eager though we are to enjoy the benefits of the Internet and the adventure of going to new places, we sense at a deep primordial level that without a sense of who we are, of where we belong, we court instability and even danger. Some in the Middle East are attempting to solve the challenge transnationally, claiming identity in a religion that knows no borders or passports. In North East Asia, the world’s most racially homogenous nations are drawing upon themselves. America, a creedal nation whose citizens share no DNA but only values and mores, has only one choice: to rediscover the unity that brought it together and saw it through existential crises from the Civil War to the Cold War. A national identity embracing all and embraced by all is essential for America, and, as this talk will show, it is also good for the world.
Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, spent close to 20 years as a journalist, 15 of them reporting from Europe, Asia and Latin America. He left journalism to join the administration of President George W. Bush, where he was speechwriter for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox before moving on to the State Department’s European Bureau, where he wrote speeches and Op-Eds.
Gonzalez, who joined Heritage as Vice President of Communications in March 2009, became a senior research fellow in June, 2014. In his new capacity he has written on Hong Kong, China and Latin America. Click here for more information about Mike Gonzalez.
The President’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series offers a wide-ranging selection of events annually. These events are designed to appeal to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and our community in Northeast Oklahoma.
Business Professional Attire (men in slacks, coats, and ties; women in business suits or dresses and jackets)
ORU Global Learning Center (Auditorium)
The ORU Global Learning Center is attached to the east side of the Mabee Center (click here to see more).
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All Ages FREE*
*Must present a FREE ticket to enter (including ORU faculty, staff, and students – see ‘ORU Family’ ticket button)
*FREE tickets available online & in-person ONLY at the Mabee Center Box Office in the North Lobby
*Mabee Center’s Box Office in the North Lobby will be open until 5pm on 11/28/17 (day-of) for Will Call pick-up and for FREE advance tickets
*All FREE advance tickets will be available until 5pm on November 28
*Entry for this event will be at the Global Learning Center entrance ONLY
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