The End of American Exceptionalism?

As the spirit of freedom sweeps across Eastern
Europe and the Soviet Union, democratic government seems about to become the rule rather than the
exception among world governments. But if that is so,
what is left of America's own exceptional mission to
embody the democratic cause? What does America have
left to contribute to the world?

These urgent questions will be addressed by Michael
, one of the nation's most distinguished social
commentators, who is the first speaker in the Gould
Center and Salvatori Center's series on "The Common
Good: Unifying Elements in the American Experience."

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador,
Michael Novak holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair
in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise
Institute in Washington, D.C., where he also serves as
director of social and political studies. He has writter
more than twenty influential books, including The Rise
of the Unmeltable Ethnics
(1972), The Joy of Sports: End Zones, Bases, Baskets, Balls, and the Consecration of the American Spirit (1976), The Spirit of
Democratic Capitalism
(1991), Freedom With Justice: Catholic Social
Thought and Liberal Institutions
(1984), and his latest work, This
Hemisphere of Liberty: A Philosophy of the Americas
(1990). In 1986, he headed part of the U.S
delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a continuation of the Helsinki Accord

His lecture is offered in conjunction with the Gould
Center and Salvatori Center's seminar on "The Common Good," a course organized around the question of
what makes America's diverse races, religions, and
ethnic groups into one people.

Please join us for Michael Novak's talk at 7:00 p.m.,
and for the preceding reception at 5:30 and dinner
at 6:00.