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Loss of Our Country

March 24, 2019

Date: TBA

Where: Washington, DC

Panel Theme:   Loss of Country

Richard Bishirjian, The Artful Recluse (Chinese arts and intellectuals during crisis)
Jack Tierney, To Lose a Country: France 1940

Loss of Country: Countries can be “lost” by invasion and by changes in the beliefs of members of society. Due to the influence of “Progressive” educators beginning at the end of the 19th century college education in the United States effectively changed the manners and mores of American higher education and those changes seeped into the lives of the American people. The principal cause of loss of our country today is our failure to educate college students in their responsibilities as citizens of a self-governing democracy. This self-inflicted wound began many years ago but accelerated during the 1960s and early ’70s when required core curricula were removed from colleges and universities.

Future Presentations: We hope to follow these presentations with a Webcast with Dr. Angelo Codevilla that examines Immigration Before 1965.

Since 1965, Americans have been living with an immigration system very different from any in U.S. history. To appreciate how different, it is useful to look at what it replaced. Since ’65 was a long time ago, and most who lived under prior immigration law are dead, there is very little direct knowledge of the previous system among us. I, who emigrated to America on August 8, 1955 into New York  harbor past the Statue of Liberty as a thirteen year old, and cursed as I am with a good memory, am one of the few remaining who experienced the kind of immigration that helped to make America great. I propose to give recollections of the process I underwent to qualify for entry, of the trip, of the country I found,  and of the adjustments I had to make. I propose also to share my adult reflections on the differences between immigration then, and now.

If your organization would like to host a discussion of the topic “Loss of Country,” please contact the American Academy of Distance Learning by e-mail:



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