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Brian Dixon said

at 11:03 pm on Jun 13, 2008


It is hard for me to get a grasp of what started all of this. Clearly it has something to do with T Friedman, but I wasn't there and don't have the context. Could you, or someone else, succinctly summarize the comment or comments that set all of this in motion? Was it an article he published, or a speech he gave?

If we could document the groups "issues" then we can start to pull out patterns and draft a framework for the response. Then, if we want to collect additional data or do interviews we can. But before we head down those roads, let's set out why we have taken offense (that is the overwhelming feeling I get from reading the comments).

Brian Dixon ('01 DePauw; Bonner Alumnus)

Kelly Behrend said

at 2:56 pm on Jun 14, 2008

Yes, I see what you mean, Brian. Here are the details:

This year's Summer Leadership Institute featured a 2-day Summit On Political Engagement with the tagline "Connecting Service to Politics and Politics to Service". The two events ran back to back, starting with the Political Engagement Summit from June 4-5 and the Summer Leadership Institute from June 6-7.

A quote from Friedman's article "Generation Q" (posted on the "Series of Recent Articles" link) was mentioned at one of the all-group session panel discussions. This quote, calling our Generation "Quiet" and therfore naming us "Generation Q", was the only quote verbalized from the article and therfore was taken out of context and had made many upset. If you read the rest of the article, he actually pays our Generation many compliments and challenges us to develop the "courage" to really set a movement into--well,--motion.

Pulling quotes out of context and making judgement calls is never a good idea. Thankfully, many conference attendees expressed this sentiment directly after the reference was made. Other also expressed the significant influence of Thomas Friedman's work and encouraged all to read more of his work.

The session ended quite postively- in which Wayne, President of the Bonner Foundation, challenged the Bonners present to write a response to Friedman. This response need not be directed AT Friedman, but instead a testament to our generation and perhaps a statement on how to move forward.

(see below comment for more...)

Kelly Behrend said

at 2:56 pm on Jun 14, 2008

I then quickly created a temporary wiki, "bonnerlove", to get the conversation going. Within a few days, that wiki was moved to this one to join up with a Statement we hope to produce from the meeting. We see this "Allegheny Statement" as following the footsteps of other similar statements before our time. These statements are provided in the resources links above. (The Durham Statement will be up this week).

With development of an official statement, we hope we can develop some concreate goals for setting other ideas into motion like writing an Op-Ed piece and now, a March on Washington.

Does that help some things? Thanks for asking for a clarification. Let me know if you need anything else!

-Kelly, Bonner Foundation Summer Intern, Univ. of Richmond Bonner Scholar

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