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The Louis J.  Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series -
Habit for Democracy – Rebuilding the American Idea

Dionne at the podiumOn February 20, 2013, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne spoke about reviving American democracy as part of the Louis J. Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series. He described the tension in American civic life between forces promoting individualism and liberty versus those advancing solidarity and community. Dionne suggested that the nation works best when it reflects a balance between those competing values.

Dionne with Ruth Mandel and Sue Gambaccini
E.J. Dionne with Institute director Ruth B. Mandel and Sue Gambaccini, daughter of Louis J. Gambaccini
E. J. Dionne, February 20, 2013

About E. J. Dionne

E. J. DionneE.J. Dionne, Jr. is a columnist for The Washington Post, writing on national policy and politics, as well as a commentator for NPR, ABC's This Week, and NBC's Meet the Press. He previously spent 14 years at The New York Times, covering local, state, and national politics, and also served as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. He is a University Professor at Georgetown University and a  Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His book, Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.