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"American Creed" Community Conversation Tonight

Posted December 04, 2019

Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary "American Creed" on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm, followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph.D., of Rutgers University


EAST BRUNSWICKEast Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and the East Brunswick Human Relations Council are hosting a screening of the PBS documentary American Creed on December 4 at 7:00 pm. The screening is followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph.D., of Rutgers University.

In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Riceand 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.

Baseball managerJoe Maddonbrings residents of his Pennsylvania hometown together after a controversial immigration ordinance threatens to tear them apart. In Seattle, civic entrepreneur Eric Liubrings 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.

Chan-Malik is an Associate Professor of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the 2018 book Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam.