Does America still have a common political creed and culture? Are we merely a collection of disparate groups united by geography, or are there shared principles, commitments, and republican traditions that ought to bind us together?
Multiculturalism has eroded Americans’ understanding of these fundamental questions of citizenship, practice, and national identity, especially over the last quarter century. Multiculturalism perniciously and invidiously divides Americans by race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation—and polices these divisions with a politics of identity and the cudgel of political correctness.
The longstanding alternative to multiculturalism was the political culture started at the Founding, and embodied above all in a self-governing people committed to the equal protection of individual natural rights. That picture of American justice offered a unifying standard for the teaching of the young and the assimilation of immigrants.
America is now embroiled in a high-stakes battle between multiculturalism and Americanism, properly understood. What will it take to restore a political culture unified around a common understanding of justice in America? And what will the consequences be if we don’t succeed?
8:30 AM: Doors open. Light breakfast.
9:00-10:15 AM: Trump, Multiculturalism, and America
David Azerrad, Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, The Heritage Foundation
Christopher Caldwell, Senior Fellow, Claremont Institute
Henry Olsen, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
10:30-11:45 AM: American Citizenship and National Identity
Michael Anton, Lecturer and Research Fellow, Hillsdale College; Senior Fellow, Claremont Institute
Charles Kesler, Editor, Claremont Review of Books
Colleen Sheehan, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University
12:15 PM: Lunch Keynote
Christopher DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute