Aug 28

Issue: Culture RSS

British: Americans "just don't get" us

Posted 3 years, 7 months ago.


Just like the Constitution itself, people all around the globe are discussing the National Constitution Center. Follow us as we take a look at the Center’s appearance in news outlets around the globe for the week of August 22, 2010.

The Americans just don’t get why we’re cynical about Tony Blair – When the NCC announced that Tony Blair was the recipient of the 2010 Liberty Medal, how you reacted depended on where you lived. Many British citizens derided the selection while no such controversy was present here in the States. The Guardian looks at the two reactions through the lens of Blair’s announcement that he will give all book procede to charity. “A charitable donation plays well in the US,” they write, “A culture of philanthropy is more established and no cynical questions are asked [in America].”

U.S. honors volunteers at Independence Park dig – Before the Constitution Center was constructed in 2003, the Independence National Historical Park’s archaeology lab uncovered more than a million early American artifacts in the footprint of the NCC in what is considered one of the most successful urban digs in American History. This week, the lab was honored by the federal government as one of nine “Preserve America Stewards.”

NCC to host Vision 2020 – Next month the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University will host one delegate from all 50 states and the capital to discuss gender equality issues at the Center.

Tony Blair’s memoirs: The making of a best-seller – Just before he receives the Liberty Medal, Tony Blair will also discuss his memoirs with President Bill Clinton. However, Blair’s new book is not without controversy, especially in his home country. The Telegraph takes a look at how Blair’s decision to give book precedes to charity have affected his book sales and the perception of his critics.

E Pluribus Unum? Yes – Over at Metropolis, a Philadelphia news site, one reviewer discusses his first visit to the NCC and how it differed from his expectations. “Although I believe I have a right to be cynical and paranoid while visiting a Federal government-themed attraction,” he wrote, “one moment did fill my disenchanted heart with warmth.”