Reflections on Patriotism

Thursday, April 18, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Do you consider yourself a patriot? Though most Americans still identify as being patriotic, the question of patriotism has become increasingly polarizing among Americans. A 2023 Gallup poll revealed that 67% of U.S. adults report being extremely patriotic; however, registered Democrats are half as likely as registered Republicans to consider themselves extremely patriotic. The Common Ground Initiative welcomes Yale political science professor Steven B. Smith, syndicated columnist and author Cal Thomas, and historian and novelist Elizabeth Cobbs, to discuss the definition of patriotism, debate what actions should be considered patriotic vs. unpatriotic, and consider the role of the institutions they represent in fostering a sense of patriotism among American citizens.


We are excited to introduce a new mini podcast series: 'Reflections on Patriotism'. This series features five insightful conversations with diverse voices from the Grand Rapids community as they explore what patriotism means to them. From personal stories to shared values, these thought-provoking discussions challenge perspectives and inspire unity. Listen today to prepare for this event!

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Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center

 401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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This event was added to the calendar by Maddy Miller ( on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 and was last updated on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 10:15 a.m.