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Columbus Day is a most unusual American holiday and has become a day ‘to celebrate not only an intrepid searcher but the dreams and opportunities that brought so many here after him.’

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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The US military contributes to the American civic character by fostering and exemplifying the virtues of discipline and courage. But as American society grows increasingly uncomfortable with what the military has to believe and do to succeed on the battlefield, both the national defense and national character are likely to suffer.

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In spite of the national debate over the efficacy of state-level exams, whether assessments in civics enhance democratic education remains largely unexamined. This paper uses a large 2012 national survey of 18–24-year-olds to examine the potential effect of civics assessments on civic outcomes.

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Please join us for a book launch event and panel discussion on poverty, theology, and economics with contributors to a compelling new volume from the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, “For the Least of These.” Attendees will receive a complimentary copy.

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Maintaning a high level of government funding has become a major goal of the US scientific community and US universities, at a cost to the practice of science. This brief argues that reforms could begin with Washington setting a modest overhead rate for all federal grant recipients and for universities to sponsor pro bono research, reviving the land-grant university ethos of an earlier age.

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Colorado’s Ridgeview Classical Schools places, at once, emphasis on the community of learning and on individual thought. This kind of education has the power to form a graduate who is especially well equipped to fulfill the duties of citizenship because his or her commitment to America is reflective, clear-sighted, and mature.

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Architectural citizenship, properly understood, is the dynamic interaction between multiple factors—formal law, the social context, the needs and aspirations of the client, and the conduct of the architect. Good architectural
manners depend on the vigorous and healthy interplay between them, and a change in one cannot help but exert an effect on the others, for better or worse.

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In a lecture marking the 226th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution, Michael P. Zuckert critically examines the leading “pro” and “antislavery” interpretations of the Constitutional Convention and offers an alternative analysis tied to a more accurate and less anachronistic reading of the principles and politics of the Founding era.

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Thanksgiving is a venerable and much beloved American holiday. But what do we celebrate on Thanksgiving? This collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the meaning of Thanksgiving Day, with selections by American authors such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jack London, Langston Hughes, Sarah Orne Jewett and O. Henry, to name just a few.

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Each November 11, our nation commemorates Veterans Day. But what does the holiday mean, and how do we properly observe it? This collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the evolving meaning of Veterans Day, with selections by American authors and statesmen. To learn more about the What So Proudly We Hail project, and for more resources, head to www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org

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