Influencing politics through culture

THE ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY AND LETTERS was founded in recognition that the direction of society is set by its most deeply held beliefs and aspirations. These are molded by culture in the broad sense, as represented by universities, the arts, churches, publishing, museums, and entertainment. Acting on the minds, imaginations, and moral-spiritual sensibilities of a society’s members, the culture shapes their general perception of reality and their likes and dislikes—for good or ill. Politics does not operate independently of the culture but reflects it. Though politics can also shape culture, being able to exert educational and other cultural influence is ultimately more important than winning elections. Major and long-range change presupposes a transformation of the culture. Read More

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Annual APL Conference, May 27-29, 2016

Our Annual Meeting will convene on the weekend of May 27-29, 2016 at the Baltimore Doubletree Hotel.
November 13, 2015

Chas Freeman Keynote Address at Annual APL Conference

Read retired US Ambassador Chas Freeman’s keynote address at the APL annual Conference. “Too Quick on the Draw: Militarism and the Malpractice of Diplomacy in America.”
June 13, 2015

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