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*A Conversation with E.J. Dionne * Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea
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Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent *A Conversation with E.J. Dionne * Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 10:00 — 11:30 am The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC Who are we as a nation? And what is it that’s tearing us apart?

When: 5/29/2012
10:00am - 11:30am
Where: The Brookings Institute, Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Office of Communications
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E.J. Dionne’s new book, *Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the
American Idea in an Age of Discontent* (Bloomsbury USA, 2012), argues that
from the very beginning, our country has been characterized by a deep but
healthy tension between our love of individual liberty and our devotion to
community. Yet we seem to have forgotten our own rich history of balance,
one reason for our poisoned political atmosphere. Calling Dionne’s book
"brilliant” in a recent *Newsweek* column, Paul Begala noted: "Dionne
argues that we must honor the tensions between two strains of the American
Dream: the rugged individualists who respect those who make it on their
own; and the communitarians who revere the Americans who help their
neighbors, fight our fires, and wage our wars. Both are central to the
American character.”
On May 29, Brookings will host a discussion with Dionne about the lost
balance between individualism and community, its corrosive implications for
the political environment and policymaking, and how to seek a path forward
from our current impasse and our fears of decline. Brookings Senior Fellow
Tom Mann will provide introductory remarks and will lead a conversation
with Dionne. Following the program, Dionne will take audience questions.
The event will be live webcast; participants can follow the conversation at
event hashtag *#DivHeart*.
The author will be available to sign books before and after the program.
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*E.J. Dionne *
Senior Fellow****
The Brookings Institution ****
*Tom Mann *
Senior Fellow****
The Brookings Institution
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