Youth Forum: America First - Nationalism in the 21st Century

"Economic problems are something that has given great power to nationalism." Jon Pinney
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A Panel Discussion

The election of Donald J. Trump and the Brexit vote are reflective of a rising tide of populism sweeping the globe. Both victories confounded pundits and the press as their prediction models failed to accurately capture the angst of a nation.


During his campaign, President Trump captivated many of his supporters with his fierce commitment to “put America first.”  Within this framework, his top priorities included defeating ISIS and creating trade deals that work for all Americans.


President Trump isn’t the first to champion this message. In 1940, Charles Lindbergh became the face of the “America First” movement. The movement was marketed as a non-interventionist group that opposed American participation in World War II, however, the group also had more sinister anti-Semitic and nationalist ties.

What does an America first message mean in the 21st century? How does nationalism manifest itself in a country that is well on its way to becoming a majority-minority nation?


Panelists include:

Jeffery Allen, Director of Education and Public Programs, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Heather M. Hodges, Former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova and Ecuador

Jon Pinney, Managing Partner, KJK; Secretary and Treasurer, 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee

Isam Zaiem, Cofounder, Cleveland Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations


This conversation will be moderated by Youth Forum Council member Milan Jain.


Tickets: Free for high school students. $20 members/$35 nonmembers.

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