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Date: April 12, 2004 (04-44)

Montgomery College to Host Town Meeting About Patriotism
Community Invited to Attend April 21 Event at Takoma Park Campus 

            Montgomery College will host its sixth annual Community Conversations Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Takoma Park Campus, to explore political speech and its power to shape the perceptions of citizens.  This year’s event, “Patriotism 2004: Argument, Image, Platform,” will take place in the Bliss Room, The Commons building, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park. 

            The Town Meeting will feature a keynote address by Dr. Philip T. Neisser entitled “A Patriotism for our Time: Creating Dialogue.”  A political theorist at SUNY-Potsdam, Dr. Neisser is the author of “Targets,” an analysis of the language of post-9/11 politics, published in the book Collateral Language: A User’s Guide to America’s New War and co-editor of Tales of the State: Narrative in Contemporary U.S. Politics and Public Policy.  In his work, Dr. Neisser explores the way power is shaped by prevailing narratives, whether the narratives are about the importance of family, the nature of government, or the power of the global economy. 

After the keynote address, Dr. Neisser will join a panel of experts to discuss the potent term patriotism, its historical meanings, its place in the civic conversation since 9/11, and its role in the Presidential campaign.  An open mike at the Town Meeting will allow participants to ask questions of the panelists.

The Town Meeting is a Montgomery College Community Conversations event, sponsored by Montgomery College Critical Literacy and the new Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, and supported by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.

For information about the Town Meeting, contact Professor Marcia Bronstein, 240-567-1369 or

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