The Quest for Community Webinar Series: A Future for American Conservatism
Thursday, July 16, 2020 I 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT I Online Zoom Session
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American conservatism stands at a crossroads. Launched after the 2016 elections, the American Project is arguing for a reimagined communitarian conservatism (or a “conservatism of connection”) in public policy and political rhetoric is the best way forward. / (line break) Originally planned as a summer conference here on our Malibu campus, “The Quest for Community: A Future for American Conservatism” has now transitioned to a series of webinars with leading thinkers, activists and policymakers exploring the implications of renewing our appreciation for this long standing tradition in conservative thought and policy. Deriving our title from the late sociologist Robert Nisbet’s foundational book, The Quest for Community, this series will discuss the current day implications of this work – what it means for today’s policy and politics.
Webinar 1: Is communitarian conservatism relevant in an age of ‘social distancing’ and political polarization?
Keynote: Ross Douthat, Columnist at The New York Times
Respondent: Gracy Olmstead, Author of Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind
Moderator: Pete Peterson, Dean of Pepperdine School of Public Policy
In a time of pandemic and social upheaval the consideration of a communitarian conservatism seems like a quaint notion. But does this era – with its “social distancing” and national debates on American identity – actually demand a renewed appreciation of this humanistic approach to our public policy and politics? Join two of today’s leading thinkers and cultural critics as we begin this interactive webinar series by defining what is meant by the phrase “communitarian conservatism” and then discuss how it may be uniquely relevant for our distinctly polarized time in American policy and politics.