UNION, NJ – A screening of the PBS documentary American Creed will be hosted by the Union Public Library in partnership with faculty and students from Kean University on Saturday, April 13.
The screening, which begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Union Public Library, will be followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Bridget Lepore, of Kean University, and a teen writing exercise facilitated by Kean University National Writing Project.
In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and 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.
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. The Union Public Library is hosting a community conversation and several other events relating to the themes of the documentary “to celebrate the wonderful diversity Union Township is known for” says John Daquino, Head of Adult Services at Union Public Library.
American Creed: Community Conversations is a project of Citizen Film in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Writing Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In addition to the screening and discussion on April 13, Union Public Library will host a lecture Immigrant State: Jersey’s Influential Gate presented by Dr. Carlos Ulises Decena, of Rutgers University, on Thursday, April 25, from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. Through the examination of film clips, texts, and media coverage, participants will have a candid discussion about issues that are being examined and debated, nationally and in local communities. The lecture is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
The Union Public Library will also host a Community Diversity Potluck Celebration on Saturday, April 27, from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. Meet friends and neighbors over shared food and celebrate the diversity of Union. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share that represents their cultural background. Plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided, bring food, fun, and a willingness to engage in informal conversation about cultural experiences and shared American values.
All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Contact the Adult Services Department at Union Public Library, 908-851-5450 x2, to register and for more information.