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 included:

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 study groups.

Where Ought We Be Going – Will Enlightenment Values of Liberty, Equality and Community Get Us There?. Led by Dr. Howard Radest

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.







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