Can We Reclaim Civitas in American Society?
Faced with the upcoming general election, the United States has many hard choices ahead. Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates. Throughout most of US history, the spirit of civitas—binding laws and mutual commitment of a shared national journey—assured that despite serious struggles, all remembered and honored that all stakeholders were to be respected and that all would continue to live under one tent. This session will examine some of these debates underway in America today, but also ponder whether national civitas needs a reboot.
Mitch LandrieuMayor, City of New Orleans
Mickey EdwardsRodel Fellowships director at the Aspen Institute
Steve ClemonsEditor in Chief, AtlanticLIVE; Washington Editor at Large, The Atlanti...
Randi WeingartenPresident, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (Festival Underwri...
David GergenProfessor of Public Service and Co-Director, Center for Public Leader...
Michael SteeleCEO, The Steele Group; Former Chair, Republican National Committee
- 2016 Festival