Mass Humanities' annual symposium held on December 4, 2010 in the Heights Room in Corcoran Commons at Boston College. What made/makes America exceptional? Is America in decline? What does that mean exactly? Relative to what/whom? What are the major causes of decline? Which of these are within our power to correct? Is decline inevitable? How have other empires dealt with decline? What are our unique strengths? Can America rise again? How?
Session 1: American Leadership Abroad
Peter Beinart, Gregg Easterbrook, Carol Graham, Paul Starobin
Session 2: The Promise of America at Home
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alexis Gelber, Peniel Joseph, Reihan Salam