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Defining America: Dialogues Across Difference
Please join Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard for a series of conversations focused on our American identity.
Patricia McGuire  
President Patricia McGuire
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
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Tuesday, October 10 7 p.m.
Patricia McGuire
President of Trinity University in NE, Washington DC  

As the president of Trinity University in Washington DC, Pat McGuire works at the confluence of several demographic and social trends in the US.  With 100 percent of Trinity students receiving financial aid (half of entering freshman class at Trinity Universities have family incomes under $25,000), and 70 percent of them African American, McGuire has been a tireless advocate for those sometimes marginalized from opportunity by race or poverty.  As the demographics of the US shift toward increasing diversity and the need for higher education for employment rises sharply with advances in technology, attitudes toward national investments in higher education are beginning to shift.  What is the role of education in the American ideal? Is education a public good, and if so, why is it still privately financed? Should there be a right to higher education in America? President McGuire’s background as a lawyer and membership on several influential educational and philanthropic boards make her an excellent contributor to such debates.

About the Series
‘Defining America’ is a series dedicated to exploring the notion of identity and ideals in our nation. Recent political turbulence has revealed deep fissures in communities’ beliefs about what America represents. Challenges to traditional notions of who belongs in America have emerged in diverse, sometimes painful ways. While such questions are always being negotiated in a multicultural democracy, they have acquired a particular urgency in this past year.  A series of guests will join Dr. DeRionne Pollard to explore the question of how we define ‘Americans’ and how dissent from majority opinion impacts national identity. Several experts will contribute their perspectives to this important subject: a journalist who straddles the line between objective reporting and provocative inquiry; a businessman whose successful company sources its products from other nations and whose commitment to international fair trade practices promotes ethics in capitalism; and a higher education leader who believes that the American tradition of opportunity means that education should be accessible to all.  Please join us as we explore these topics with intellectual rigor and civility, casting new light on these essential questions at the root of American democracy.
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