ON-Lion Letter
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced creation of E Pluribus Unum:  The Bradley Commission on National Identity.  The Commission will convene 15 to 20 leading public intellectuals examine the unique nature of American society and the importance of preserving it and release a public report in Spring 2008.

It currently plans to hold six meetings, on:  1.) civic education and historical literacy; 2.) national security; 3.) American national identity; 4.) the assimilation of immigrants; 5.) decentralization and pluralism in American life; and, 6.) America's place in the world.  The meetings' discussions will be informed by a national public-opinion poll of Americans on the same issues.

Peter Gibbon, author of A Call to Heroism:  Renewing America's Vision of Greatness, will write the E Pluribus Unum report.  Gibbon is a senior research fellow of Boston University's School of Education.  Rick O'Donnell, a member of past Colorado Gov. Bill Owens' cabinet, will serve as the project's executive director.  Among other things, O'Donnell oversaw Colorado's higher-education system.

The effort builds on much of that which was considered by the 2006 and 2007 Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal Annual Symposia.  The 2007 Symposium asked "Who Are We Today?  American Character and Identity in the 21st Century."

The Commission is being administratively overseen by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in Washington, D.C.


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