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A Civic Conversation: What does liberty mean in America today?

June 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us for the latest installment of our ‘Civic Conversations’  program series at the NHS

Even before we became a nation, ideas about liberty and freedom shaped both alliances and conflict in America. Certainly, liberty became a foundational value, but it has never been uncomplicated. Roger Williams felt that we could all be free to practice the religion of our choice, if we also agreed that each of us could also be free from interference in our own beliefs. The conflict between individual liberty and collective responsibility has added another layer to the complexity through time. Freedom to own guns, freedom from being unjustly shot. Freedom to congregate, freedom from unnecessary risk. Freedom to subjugate, freedom from abuse and domination. Freedom to pursue wealth, freedom from want. These conflicts have played out in politics, law, society, and in our houses of worship. What do we mean when we say, “land of the free?”

With the help of G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes of “Story in the Public Square” we will discuss the question:

What does liberty mean in America today?
Please bring your ears, your head and your heart to the conversation on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 5—6:30pm virtually in Zoom.
You must register to attend, as spaces are limited. To RSVP please contact Heather Rockwood at hrockwood@newporthistory.org or call her at 401-846-0813 x110. If there are no spaces left, we can retain your contact information for the next event.


June 4
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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