Civility in America Series: Democracy and the Meaning of Citizenship with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

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Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss his latest book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens as part of the Civility in America Series.

Dr. Haass, who is regarded as one of the nation's foremost authorities on foreign affairs, argues in his book that the very idea of citizenship must be revised and expanded by putting citizen obligations on equal footing with constitutional rights so Americans can find ways to heal divisions, uphold democracy and safeguard the country's future.

Now in his twentieth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Haass previously served in the State Department under George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, at the White House under George H.W. Bush, and at the Pentagon under Jimmy Carter. He was U.S. envoy to the Cyprus negotiations and the Northern Ireland peace process, and after 9/11, was U.S. coordinator for the future of Afghanistan.

Dr. Haass is the author or editor of 15 additional books, including the bestselling The World: A Brief Introduction, A World in Disarray, and Foreign Policy Begins at Home.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Haass holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, a doctorate of philosophy degree from Oxford University, and numerous honorary degrees. He is the recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award. Dr. Haass was born in Brooklyn and lives in New York City.

Book sale and signing to follow presentation; book sale will be conducted by Elm Street Books.

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