Books and Bridges: Ben Park, "The Politics of Diversity"

Join us as Ben Park presents "The Politics of Diversity: How Debates Over Competing Interests Shape American Democracy", Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 PM.

This presentation will look at the early debates over the nature of nation and union during America’s first fifty years. After breaking away from Britain, and losing a common foe, what held the thirteen states together? Politicians and intellectuals labored over how to conceive of a country in such a way that would embrace such a diverse populace? Debates over federal power, slavery, religion, and the economy brought these issues to the surface, and many wondered if American union could last. Importantly, these tensions still exist today, as a multicultural nation still struggles to conceive of a democratic order that protects individuals from all backgrounds. To be American, it seems, requires fighting over what America really means. This discussion will be based on Professor Park’s recent book American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions. A Q&A session and refreshments will follow. The lecture is made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities.

This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102