‘American Creed’ Screening and Discussion Highlight Civility Symposium


During the BSU Civility Symposium (Wednesday, March 14, at Boise State University), Idaho Public Television will present a screening of the hourlong documentary American Creed, followed by a moderated discussion on creating Living Room Conversations aimed at bridging political divides.

The BSU Civility Symposium takes place March 14 in the Student Union Simplot and Hatch Ballrooms from 10:30 AM to 9 PM.

Following a 6 PM networking reception, the screening of American Creed will begin at 7 PM in the Hatch Ballroom. The discussion on Living Room Conversations will follow at 8 PM.

More information on the BSU Civility Symposium is available from the Boise State Center for Idaho History and Politics. City Club of Boise will also hold a forum during the symposium, and their normal fees apply to that session (for more information visit the City Club of Boise). All others panels during the symposium are free.

The BSU Civility Symposium is brought to you by Idaho Public Television, the Idaho Statesman and the Boise State University Center for Idaho History and Politics.

American Creed Writing Contest

Open to students in grades 10-12, the American Creed Writing Contest encourages young writers to view a 10-minute clip of a Living Room Conversation from American Creed and then write a short essay addressing the topic of civility during times of disagreement or intense polarization. Winners will receive Visa gift cards. The deadline to enter is March 20.

To view the video and enter the contest, visit the American Creed Writing Contest page.


About American Creed

In a seemingly fractured nation, what ideals do Americans share in common? To find out, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy teams up with former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for American Creed, a cross-partisan documentary that showcases stories of activists striving to realize America’s promise across deep divides:

  • Joan Blades, founder of MoveOn.org, and Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, form an unexpected bond.
  • Baseball manager Joe Maddon becomes a civic activist after a controversial immigration ordinance is passed in his Pennsylvania coal country hometown.
  • Deidre Prevett, a school principal in Oklahoma, fights for low-income children.
  • US Marine Tegan Griffith advocates for fellow veterans in Wisconsin.
  • Author Junot Diaz makes the case for public institutions like the New Jersey library where he learned to become a writer.
  • Based in Seattle, Eric Liu creates new civic rituals and brings community leaders together across divides.
  • Entrepreneurs Leila Janah and Terrence Davenport create economic opportunity in the Arkansas Delta where the legacy of slavery and sharecropping persists.

American Creed was co-produced by Citizen Film and WTTW – Chicago PBS with major support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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