Community Discussion: On Being American and More


On Being American and More: a community conversation about who we are, where we come from, what we share, and where we are headed

There is a lot of talk these days about immigration—about fences, amnesty, dreams, and citizenship. Much of this talk is polarizing and aimed almost entirely at influencing policy rather than understanding one another and even ourselves. In this community discussion, the Center for Civic Reflection and Chicago Public Media will help us step back from the polarization and the policy so that we can talk with one another about the questions and complexities that affect us on a daily basis: whether we think of ourselves as Americans or hyphenated or some other thing, whether we are citizens or longtime residents or visitors, how we think we are seen by others in this country, the relation between our communities of origin and our communities of culture, and what it means to be American now, in our connected and often conflicted condition of global interdependence.  

This discussion will get us talking across and about the differences between us and also about the lives and communities we have in common.

Join the Center for Civic Reflection and Chicago Public Media for a community discussion about where we come from, where we are, and how the two go together. 

If you would like to come to the discussions, please RSVP via WBEZ's website. And if you have any questions, please contact us at


North Side Bureau 
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South Side Bureau 
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West Side Bureau
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