In 1987, E.D. Hirsch sparked a national debate with his book Cultural Literacy, claiming that there is a foundation of common knowledge every American should know and codifying it in a list of 5,000 facts and cultural references. What should today’s Americans know in order to be civically and culturally literate? Eric Liu and Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss potential core tenets.
This discussion took place at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.