Duke University has adopted new policies for events. Read more about the DAA events that will be impacted.
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Date: Monday, April 13, 2020 | 06:30 pm - 08:45 pm EDT

Price: $40 per person, $25 for recent Duke alumni (any Duke degree, 2010-2019), current Duke students and admitted Duke students

Location:  The Liberty View at Independence Visitors Center
599 Market Street Floor 2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19106
United States

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To protect the health of our alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, Duke Alumni Association (DAA) is following Duke University guidelines to cancel, reschedule or reformat events and meetings through April 20, 2020.

We hope to reschedule this event or plan a similar event at a later date.

Read more about the DAA events that will be impacted.

Read more about Duke University’s Response to COVID-19.

What does it mean to be an American? While that question elicits many different responses, our strength as a country is in our differences. Americans often cite a belief in the principles of freedom, justice and the rule of law. Americans are also seen as patriotic and brave, innovative and successful, hardworking and generous.

In this polarized time, when it seems harder to talk to one another or listen to varying points of view, it seems appropriate to stop and reflect on what it means to be an American. Here, in the shadow of Independence Hall, where Americans began their quest for freedom, we hope you will join us for a conversation with Duke alumni and faculty as they explore many aspects of what it means to be an American.

Our Panelists:
Eileen Chow Visiting Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University
Tommy Sowers '98 Adjunct Assistant Professor in Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University
Hardy Vieux '93 Vice President, Human Rights First
Jim Rosenfield '81, moderator Anchor, NBC10 News


Enjoy a reception on the Visitor Center balconies with unparalleled views of Independence Mall on the wrap-around, east-facing Liberty View Terrace, with hors d'oeuvres and hosted wine, beer and soft drinks.

6:30–7:15 p.m. Registration and reception
7:15–7:30 p.m. Welcome and introductions by Cynthia MacLeod '75, Superintendent, Independence National Historical Park
7:30–8:30 p.m. Panel discussion and Q&A
8:30–8:45 p.m. Closing and departure

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DAA Event Refund Policy

Event Cancellation by Sponsor

The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.If DAA cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Registration Cancellation by Participant

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is 5 business days before the event. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event. Cancellations will be accepted via phone, fax or e-mail, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder. Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment. These above policies apply to all DAA Events unless otherwise noted in the corresponding event materials. Please read all individual event information thoroughly.