Mike Gonzalez
of The Heritage Foundation
ORU Global Learning Center
November 28, 2017 7:00 PM
ORU Global Learning Center (Auditorium)
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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.

About Mike Gonzalez

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.

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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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