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From Melting Pot to Potluck Dinners: A Vision for an Inclusive America

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

From Melting Pot to Potluck Dinners: A Vision for an Inclusive America

NationSwell Salon | New York City
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5:30pm EDT


Location information will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Proponents of a pluralistic America often use the metaphor of a “melting pot” to talk about how diversity strengthens our nation. But what if we go beyond the melting pot and think of America at its inclusive best as… more of a potluck dinner?

Potlucks are civic spaces that both embody and celebrate pluralism. They rely on the contributions of a diverse community. If people don’t bring an offering, the potluck doesn’t exist. If everyone brings the same thing, the potluck is boring. They respect diverse identities by enthusiastically welcoming the gifts of the people who gather. They facilitate relationships between people by creating a space for eating and socializing and surprise connections. And they cultivate in people the importance of not just the individual parts and the connections between them, but the health of the whole as well.

Join fellow leaders at NationSwell for an in-person fireside discussion of what it takes to bring this vision of America from theory to practice. You’ll listen to a spirited discussion between Council member Eboo Patel and ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt, rooted in Eboo’s new book, “We Need to Build.” Together, we’ll explore the actionable, tangible steps leaders can take to move us from melting pot to potluck, learning how leaders can build and support diverse institutions for equitable social change.


Eboo Patel

Founder and President at Interfaith America

Author of ‘We Need To Build’

Jonathan A. Greenblatt


CEO and National Director

ADL (Anti-Defamation League) 



5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Doors open, welcome drinks & refreshments

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
NationSwell fireside chat with Eboo Patel

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Meet fellow Council leaders and guests

COVID-19 In-Person Policy

The health and safety of our NationSwell members, staff, and community is incredibly important to us. In order to keep everyone safe, we require proof of full vaccination from everyone in attendance at the event. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least 14 days after receiving the final vaccine in a one- or two-shot protocol with a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO (including emergency use authorization). We also encourage all attendees, presenters, and staff to wear a mask when in the event space and not actively eating or drinking

For more information, you can view our Health and Safety Policy here.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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