May 3, 2006 "Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness" to Be Discussed May 25

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Theodore R. Malloch and Scott T. Massey will discuss their new book, “Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness,” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The foreword to the book is by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who will participate in a panel discussion about the volume following the presentation and prior to a question-and-answer session with the audience. The other panel members will be Michael Novak, a writer and scholar, and Herb London, the president of the Hudson Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization.

A book signing will follow the event, which is part of the Books & Beyond author series organized and sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The book talk is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

How are the dynamics of globalization, smart technologies and the growth of knowledge affecting the core values of American culture and the humanities? “Renewing American Culture” (M&M Scrivener Press, 2006) examines these issues and sets forth the conditions needed for the pursuit of happiness in the 21st century.

Malloch and Massey’s book has received excellent pre-publication reviews. According to John Brademas, president emeritus of New York University, “Our culture is in need of a dynamic, creative renewal and this book shows the way brilliantly.” George Gallup Jr., founding chairman of the George H. Gallup International Institute, commends

the authors for addressing the “enormous challenges” facing the American people in an “encouraging” way. The book will be published on May 25; pre-publication excerpts and reviews are available on the publisher’s Web site:

Malloch has been a senior fellow of the Aspen Institute, where he previously directed all of its national seminars. He is chairman and chief executive officer of the Roosevelt Group, a leading strategic management company. He holds a Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of Toronto and a degree from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He is the author of five books.

Massey is president and chief operating officer of the Indiana Humanities Council. An educational leader and community strategist, he is the founding president of Global Strategies Inc. In 2004 he served as national chairman for the Aspen Summit on Rethinking the Public Humanities. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, with a focus on cybernetics and the philosophy of science and logic.

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