The Common Good brings together top thought leaders from government, business, academia and culture for informed, spirited and civil dialogue around the urgent issues of the day. Additionally, TCG hosts many special events throughout the calendar year, including major forums and conferences, special screenings of films and documentaries of social and political importance, and trips and excursions for our members.
The Common Good Forum assembled some of the brightest thinkers in the US with a day of dynamic presentations on today’s complex economic and political landscape. Leaders from many fields provided provocative discussions on the issues you want to know about – where we are today, where we need to go in the next 5 to 20 years, and how we are going to get there.
The American Spirit Awards honored several deserving individuals who made a notable contribution to our great country in the past year, or went above and beyond to participate in our democracy and help change the world we live in for the better.
“Best of Enemies” screening: This riveting documentary recounted the story of the televised debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal on ABC during the 1968 Republican and Democrat national conventions. One a leading light of the new conservative movement, another a leftist novelist and polemic, each hated the other viciously. Pairing them for televised political debates was genius, and their verbal sparring nearly spilled over into physical combat. To view the trailer, click here.
Our screening included a post-film discussion featuring TV talk show host Dick Cavett, the directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, and MSNBC news anchor Alex Witt.
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” screening: The inside story of a political dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. To view the trailer, click here.
The screening was followed by a Q&A with director Alison Klayman.
The TCG Trip to Selma, Alabama was a unique experience that allowed us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and to retrace the steps of a major chapter in U.S. history. Some of the Alabama sites we visited on the trip included the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The TCG trip to Cuba was an exceptional opportunity to gain insight into the local customs, history, and politics that shape the lives of the Cuban people. We traveled to Cuba with travel experts, and visited sites like the Bay of Pigs, Hemingway’s home, the Rum and Fine Arts Museums, and the Tropicana Cabaret. We also experienced other cultural, political and economic highlights in Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad such as language lessons, salsa classes, guest speakers, a cigar factory, and local artists’ homes.