Feb. 15, 2018
Arizona PBS to host screening of 'American Creed' Documentary at Chandler Public Library
On March 7, Arizona PBS is partnering with the Chandler Public Library to host a special screening of highlights from "American Creed," a new documentary exploring what it means to be American and whether a unifying set of beliefs - an American creed - can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.
The documentary examines the American ideals of freedom, fairness, equality and opportunity. It features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, acclaimed novelist Junot Diaz, Marine Sgt. Tegan Griffith and baseball manager Joe Maddon, among others. The stories in "American Creed" are told from the points of view of unlikely activists who creatively bridge cultural, economic and/or political divides.
The public screening of "American Creed" takes place from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, at the Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Registration for this event is required and can be done online at chandlerlibrary.libcal.com/event/3941864 or by calling 480-782-2800. A professional development session also will be held for teachers following the discussion from 8:15-8:45 p.m. Registration for this post-screening session also is required, either by phone or through the link above.
American Creed launches as a nationally televised PBS Special, and as a feature documentary on PBS.org, this month, beginning a robust public engagement campaign including community conversations, classroom activities and local storytelling in cities and towns across the country - all designed to foster a bold national conversation about American ideals and identity.
"Chandler Public Library is pleased to bring this PBS documentary to the community," said Dan Lee, manager of the Chandler Public Library. "Our libraries are excellent places to host programs that support public dialogue and civic engagement on issues that impact our communities. This screening will offer community members a chance to discuss contemporary social challenges in America and opportunities for collaborative action."
Arizona PBS has scheduled a program, with assistance from the Chandler Public library, including highlights from the documentary, a panel and audience discussion on the themes of the documentary. Steve Goldstein, KJZZ radio reporter and host, will moderate this discussion, with input from panel members Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Dr. Keon McGuire and Dr. Eva Marie Shivers. Audience members are encouraged to share their own stories, ideas and reflections on the themes of the film highlights.
This screening program is supported by Arizona Humanities, who provides public opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.