'American Creed' Launches Community Conversations

March 5, 2018

CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison at WTTW American Creed Community Conversation. Photo courtesy: WTTW
CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison at WTTW American Creed Community Conversation. Photo courtesy: WTTW

CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison joined former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Chicagoland high school student leaders, and WTTW’s Brandis Friedman in the Windy City for a thoughtful community conversation exploring our shared American ideals sparked by the film “American Creed.”

The just released PBS documentary “American Creed” features Rice and fellow Stanford professor David Kennedy along with a diverse cast of citizens who explore what it means to be American in turbulent times, and how faith in a set of common ideals can revitalize our democracy.

WTTW Chicago Tonight reporter Brandis Friedman interviewed Harrison and Rice about the film’s exploration of our civil society and what they hope viewers take away from the CPB-supported film produced by Citizen Film and presented by WTTW. Watch the interview:

Pat Harrison and Condoleeza Rice on Chicago Tonight. Video by WTTW

On February 28, WTTW Chicago, Citizen Film, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Allstate Foundation hosted a screening and panel discussion for a group of 400 students and community leaders as part of a series of nationwide community engagement events supported by CPB and aimed at helping people reach across divisions and find common ground. “American Creed” premiered on Feb. 27 and is now available for streaming via PBS.org.

Facing History and Ourselves student leaders from Chicago-area high schools discuss with Dr. Rice and Chicago Tonight's Brandis Friedman shared American ideals and ways they can support a strong civil society.
Facing History and Ourselves student leaders from Chicago-area high schools discuss with Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Chicago Tonight's Brandis Friedman shared American ideals and ways they can support a strong civil society. Students, from left: Laila Latta, Sophomore at Whitney Young Magnet High School; Tahlia Altgold, Senior at Niles North High School; and Penn Koeneman, Senior at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Photo courtesy: CPB