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In a fractured nation, what ideas do we share?

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"American Creed," a documentary about working across divides to realize American ideals, will be shown in The Gearhart Hall Auditorium on the University of Arkansas campus March 1 from 5:15 - 8:15 p.m.  In this film -- which premieres on AETN Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. -- Condoleeza Rice teams up with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy in cross-partisan dialogue that frames the stories of diverse activists who are striving to realize shared visions of America's promise. Arkansan Terrence Davenport, who is featured in the film for his work creating economic opportunity in the Arkansas Delta, will provide a keynote address before the screening.

American Creed Terrence Davenport

Registration for the "American Creed" event is free, and anyone interested may sign up here. The first 75 people to arrive for the event (after 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 1) will receive a free book related to the film's topic.

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"American Creed" is being released nationwide as part of a public engagement campaign to identify what unites us as Americans. This work will include community conversations, classroom activities and storytelling to foster a national conversation about American ideals and identity.

American Creed Deidre Prevett

Through stories set in big cities, small towns and rural areas around the country, "American Creed" describes challenges facing Americans today, including creating economic opportunity and finding ways to meaningfully participate in civic life. The film encourages viewers to explore questions like “What should America's national ideals be?” and “How do we close the gap between ideals and reality?”

The screening event at the University of Arkansas is hosted by the Brown Chair in English Literacy and Northwest Arkansas Writing Project. “We are thrilled to be hosting this event at a time when there is a heightened need to recognize what unites us as a nation," said Vicki Collet, associate director of NWAWP "We hope the event and the discussions that it generates will be an influence for good in our community.” Collet is an assistant professor of childhood education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Health Professions.

A trailer of the film, "American Creed," is available here. Questions about the March 1 event can be directed to Vicki Collet.


"American Creed" Screening

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

University of Arkansas Gearhart Hall Auditorium
340 N. Campus Drive, Fayetteville


"American Creed"

Northwest Arkansas Writing Project


Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

"American Creed," 8 p.m.