What It Means to Be American: Do We Still Know How to Be Good Citizens?
Tuesday, May. 2, 2017 – Tuesday, May. 2, 2017
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Moderated by Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president for news, Houston Chronicle
• Mickey Edwards, former U.S. congressman
• Jennifer Mercieca, historian of American political rhetoric, Texas A&M University
• Johann N. Neem, civil-society historian, Western Washington University, and author of “Creating a Nation of Joiners”
• Steven Petrow, columnist, Washington Post
Americans talk a lot about the importance of good citizenship. But what does it mean to be a good citizen? By many measures, we may be falling short. American voter turnout is low compared to other nations, and in online discussion we’re quick to attack others who disagree with our point of view. How have Americans defined and lived citizenship, past and present? Are we really less civil now than we were in previous eras?
In this panel discussion, part of the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square’s “What It Means to Be American” lecture series, participants consider whether it’s possible—and if, so, how—to raise American standards of citizenship.
A reception follows the program.
This program is free and open to the public! Reserve your spot in advance. Registration is available via Zócalo Public Square.
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Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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- Free parking is available in four outdoor street-level lots north of the Law Building. Two are along Main Street: one at Bissonnet one at Oakdale; and two are off Montrose Boulevard: one at the Glassell Studio School and one at the Glassell Junior School. Overflow parking is available at Park Plaza parking garages at 1200 Binz and 1201 Hermann Drive. Located directly east of the Beck and Law buildings the MFAH Visitors Center at 5600 Fannin features a four-story covered parking garage. The easy-to-find parking entrance is on Binz marked by a large yellow arrow. Parking Fee is $6 all day.
Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
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