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Patrick Henry College & ISI – American Exceptionalism

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Patrick Henry College & ISI – American Exceptionalism
October 19, 2012 8:00 pm
October 19, 2012 9:30 pm
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
October 11, 2012
Patrick Henry College
10 Patrick Henry Circle, Purcellville, VA, 20132, United States

Keeping America Exceptionally Weird: A Localist’s Take on American Exceptionalism,
Featuring Dr. Ted McAllister at Patrick Henry College


Time: 800 PM – 9:30 PM

Host: Patrick Henry College.


Is America an exceptional nation? If so, what makes us exceptional? According to Dr. Ted McAllister, the answer lies in the diversity and vibrancy of America’s many communities. Taken out of the context as an America as a homogenous nation, these communities best represent what it is to be an American– communal bonds, local customs and culture, and similar worldview –while still acknowledging the bonds of a united America. This idea, e pluribus unum, is a remarkble, indeed exceptional, trait of American culture and society.


Dr. McAllister will explore the question of American Exceptionalism at Patrick Henry College on the evening of October 19th, at 8:00PM. Room TBA. Please join ISI and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Patrick Henry Cllege for this unique opportunity! Dr. Ted McAllister is a native of Oklahoma, now living in Moorpark, California with his wife, Dena, and his two children, Elisa and Luke. He teaches at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy where he pursues with his students the enduring questions rather than the particular answers. His book, Revolt Against Modernity: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Search for a Post-Liberal Order launched him into the study of political philosophy, though his epistemological orientation is much shaped by his training as a historian. Working presently on Walter Lippmann as well as a US History textbook, he expects soon to write a multi-volume history of the Baby-boomers.


For more information, please contact Chris Fisher, Regional Program Officer for ISI at

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