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Washington, DC – On October 18, 2006, the Center for American Progress will hold a half-day conference on the common good at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall with a keynote address by President William J. Clinton, opening remarks by Hon. Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL) and a morning plenary panel – a full list of speakers follows below.
The common good, as both a philosophical ideal and approach to governing, has a rich history in the civic strands of American thought and in the values and principles of the U.S. Constitution. It is also a powerful theme in the social teachings of many major faith traditions. In both the civic and faith realms, a commitment to the common good means pursuing policies and community actions that benefit all individuals and balance self-interest with the needs of the entire society.
The re-emergence of the “Common Good’ represents a clear break with the brand of politics that leaves people to rise and fall on their own. It re-establishes America’s sense of community, promotes economic opportunity for all, and restores a universal hope in the American dream.
Securing the Common Good: A Vision for America
Hon. Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL), 17th Congressional District
President William J. Clinton
MORNING PLENARY PANEL
John Halpin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
E.J. Dionne, Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post
Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union, CLC
Neal Katyal, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and lead counsel in the US Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown University and author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
Hon. Thomas Pérez, Councilmember, Montgomery County, Maryland and Associate Professor of Law, University of Maryland
Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, North American President, World Council of Churches Bruce Reed, President, Democratic Leadership Council
Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL REMARKS BY
John D. Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
Melody C. Barnes, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Program: 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Doors Open: 7:30 AM
**Registration check-in closes at 8:20 AM**
A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM
Admission is free.
37th and O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057