Identity and Dignity
The Trinity Forum and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) are delighted to invite you to an Evening Conversation with geopolitical scholar and best-selling author Francis Fukuyama and respondent Ryan Streeter on “Identity and Dignity” on Thursday, September 20th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. In what promises to be a fascinating conversation, Fukuyama will discuss themes from his just-released work Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, and explore the ways in which our search for dignity, recognition, and belonging has the potential to both build community and erode democracy.
Dr. Fukuyama questions how to overcome civic fracture, which increasingly pushes us to define our identity based on political party, race, ethnicity, gender, or other groups to which we may ascribe. He examines ways to better foster human dignity in the public square in the midst of the pull to exclude the "other."
Dr. Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Mosbacher Director of its Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Fukuyama was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department's policy planning staff. In addition to his newest book, he is the author of Political Order and Political Decay, The Origins of Political Order, The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy.
Dr. Ryan Streeter is the Director of Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, he was Executive Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George W. Bush, and Policy Adviser to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. He is the author of Transforming Charity: Toward a Results-Oriented Social Sector; the editor of Religion and the Public Square in the 21st Century and the coauthor of The Soul of Civil Society, and has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The National Review. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Emory University.