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Monday, October 15th, 2012

Here are some upcoming AEI events in the Washington, D.C. area that might be of interest to our citizenship readers. Hope to see you there!

  •  “The Story of ain’t: America and its language.” Bradley lecture by David Skinner, Editor, Humanities magazine. Monday, October 15, 2012. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. AEI, Twelfth Floor. David Skinner’s new nonfiction history The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published will depict the controversy of Webster’s Third, the so-called permissive dictionary that was denounced by everyone from The New York Times to Dwight Macdonald to the American Bar Association. The dictionary’s agnostic positions on disputed usages and its failure to address increasing informality in English were influenced by the lessons of linguistics. Skinner’s book will trace historical factors that contributed to America’s shifting sense of linguistic correctness, and it will explore the fact that, as mid-twentieth century English became more technical and less formal, Americans were faced with myriad conflicting choices over how to use language and express one’s thoughts — challenges that remain today. Join Skinner as he discusses what to make of the controversy, the historical value of dictionaries and whether it is okay to boldly split an infinitive.
  • “Have we become a nation of takers?” Debate between Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI, and William A. Galston, the Brookings Institution. Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Over the past three decades, the percentage of American households receiving government benefits has risen from less than 30 percent to more than 49 percent, and despite 300 percent more per-capita spending on means-tested benefits as compared to the 1970s, America’s poverty level remains largely unchanged. Has the nation lost the American ideals of self-reliance and opportunity? In this American Enterprise Debate, AEI’s Nicholas Eberstadt will argue that over the last two decades, both Democrats and Republicans have fueled a radical transformation that has created an expanding dependency culture in America. William Galston of the Brookings Institution will respond that well-functioning societies are dependent on interdependence, and thus the rise of dependence in the U.S. is neither driven by government nor cause for alarm. The Urban Institute’s Robert Reischauer will moderate.|
  • “What will the 2012 election mean for education?” AEI Education panel discussion to include Rick Hess (AEI), Katherine Haley (Office of Speaker John Boehner), Alyson Klein (Education Week), Andy Rotherham (Bellwether Education Partners), Zakiya Smith (White House Domestic Policy Council), and Kristen Soltis Anderson (The Winston Group). Thursday, November 8, 2012. 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. AEI, Twelfth Floor. Over the past four years, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have touted a more expansive federal role in education, offering states waivers from No Child Left Behind Act sanctions and championing common standards, more rigorous teacher evaluation, higher education transparency and aggressive interventions for low-performing schools. During a time of tight budgets and fierce debates over the Common Core State Standards, student loans, gainful employment and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the results of the federal and congressional elections will likely have a huge impact on the state of American schools and colleges moving forward. Join us at AEI for a balanced discussion of what the 2012 election results will mean for the potential reauthorization of the ESEA, federal education spending, state and local issues and other pressing concerns.

Register for these events online at the links, or head over to the AEI Events page here.