From the Age of Enlightenment to Globalization:
Taking a Second Look at American Democracy
Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Would the Puritans who helped settle America in the 17th century still
think of it as a “city on the hill?” Or, have we moved in
a different direction? Looking forward, what values should guide us
and how will we measure our nation’s success in the years ahead?
These and similar questions were examined this past winter by a distinguished
panel of speakers whose backgrounds in philosophy, history, international
business, and military leadership guided the members on a mission of
discovery. Who are we in the America of today? How did we get here,
and where are we headed in the 21st century?
All five sessions were held on Saturdays from 10 to 12 noon. The topics
The Founders and the New Republic: How We Got Where We Are,
with Dr. Howard Radest. Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at USCB, Dr.
Radest founded Columbia’s University Seminar on Moral Education
and continues as a leader of moral and ethical inquiry in numerous Island
Where Ought We Be Going – Will Enlightenment Values of
Liberty, Equality and Community Get Us There?. Led by Dr. Howard
Crafting Foreign and National Security Policy Today in a Democratic
System, with William T. Pendley, Rear Admiral (ret). Since
retiring from a 33-year military career, Admiral Pendley has held numerous
government posts and professorships. He was recently placed on the World
Affairs Council of America’s list of recommended speakers.
U.S. Power in Chaotic Times: Unexplored Assumptions,
with John Shkor, Vice Admiral (ret). After 35 years of service in the
U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Shkor became Chief Operating Officer of Homeland
Security’s Transportation Security Administration where he served
before retiring to Hilton Head.
World Government and Globalization, with Dhan Gopal
Mukerji. As an international businessman with ongoing ties to European
business and foreign policy spokespersons, Mr. Mukerji brings his expertise
to many Island institutions, including the World Affairs Council.