Citizen University National Conference

Reckoning and Repair

Our theme for this year’s conference is Reckoning and Repair in America. We face deep divisions across the country. Now more than ever we the people have to step up: to reckon with injustice across ideological divides and to repair our frayed social fabric.

Join hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts to learn about power, deepen your networks, and recharge your sense of purpose. With luminary speakers, master teachers, and lessons on civic power, the conversation will be rich and provocative. Join the movement to rekindle citizenship and remake the narrative of America.

CitizenUCon17 is SOLD OUT! 

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Laurette Hanna at and join us on Facebook for our Conference Live Stream!


Agenda 2017 detail

Friday, March 24

5:30p Opening Reception Meet up & mingle, Check-in, Breakout Session signup.  Light hors d’oeuvres & no-host bar
6:30p Opening Music Ben Hunter
Welcome Eric Liu
Conversation Reckoning With History Annette Gordon-ReedTitus Kaphar, Krista Tippett
Performances Ben Hunter, Claudia Castro Luna
8:00p Presentations Stories of a New America  Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Matthew DowdMaria Hinojosa, Brad Jenkins
9:00p Program Ends  See you in the morning!

Saturday, March 25

8a Doors open Check-in and Breakout Session signup Coffee, scones
8:20a Opening  Music Ben Hunter
8:30a Welcome Reckoning and Repair Eric Liu
Panel The Moral Citizen Usra Ghazi, Tara Houska Jim WallisBob Woodson
Moderator: Eric Liu
Presentation Past Tense Carrie Mae Weems
10:30a Session I Breakouts Choose one  Breakout Descriptions
Conversations Annette Gordon-ReedMatt Kibbe, Jim Wallis
Unity Not Fear Family Independence Initiative
Reframing Civic Participation: A Method to Drive Fresh Thinking for Impact Kaz Brecher
Conversations Berto Aguayo, Brittany Packnett, Bob Woodson
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda Jeremy Haile
Conversations Matthew DowdMaria Hinojosa, Titus Kaphar
11:45a Lunch Family-Style Lunch presented with the Edible Schoolyard Project Lunch Conversation: The Democracy of Gardens, Alice Waters and Eric Liu
1:00p Conversation Repairing the Breach Matt Kibbe, Heather McGhee, Krista Tippett
Panel Better Arguments Rebecca BurgessJeremy HaileRuben Naverrette, Rinku Sen, Moderator: Eric Liu
 3:00p Session II Breakouts Choose One  Breakout Descriptions
Conversations Rebecca BurgessBrad Jenkins, Heather McGhee,
We Don’t Do Diversity: Taking a Systemic Approach to Operationalizing Racial Justice Rinku Sen
Building the New Resistance and the Future We Want Annie Leonard, Ben Smith
Conversations Usra Ghazi, Ruben NavarretteCarrie Mae Weems
An Edible Education with Alice Waters Alice Waters, Katrina Heron, Kyle Cornforth
Speaking Together Differently In Order to Live Together Differently Krista Tippett
 4:15p Panel You’re More Powerful Than You Think Berto Aguayo, Annie Leonard, Brittany Packnett, Jose Antonio Vargas, Moderator: Eric Liu
Ceremony Sworn-Again America Oath. Group Singing!  Everyone!
 5:30p Program Ends Book signing Conference authors
 6:00p Doors Close Goodnight!



Thank You


Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center


Parking: There are several Seattle Center parking garages — or use public transit. We suggest the 5th Avenue Garage or the1st Ave N and Thomas garage. 

Conference Headquarters: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, located west of the Armory & south of the International Fountain. Seattle Center map.

Arrive. Check-in. Sign Up! When you arrive at Fisher Pavilion you will pick up your name badge and sign up for breakout sessions. Space is limited in each breakout, so arrive early to get your first choice. 

  • Doors open at 5:30pm Friday. Reception with light snacks and a cash bar 
  • Doors open at 8:00am Saturday. Coffee, tea and snacks available 

Food: Reception with light snacks and a cash bar on Friday night. Saturday we’ll have coffee, tea and snacks in the morning then a fun family-style lunch. If you need a full meal on Friday evening or breakfast on Saturday there are many places to eat in the Seattle Center Armory.

What to wear: casual, comfortable clothes and shoes. Dress in layers, it can get cool inside.
What to bring: a refillable water bottle, a notebook, a pen and an umbrella or raincoat. It will rain!

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There are many hotels near Seattle Center. Here are four of our favorites that are offering discounted rates for conference attendees:

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Book at this link. Enter code G-CUGU in the “corporate or group code” box on the right hand side of the screen.

The Maxwell Hotel
To book a room, please email or call 866-866-7977 and reference “Citizen University”. Book by January 23 to guarantee rate.

Four Points by Sheraton 
Book at this link. Book by February 20 to guarantee rate.

Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center
Book here. Select dates, and click “update” to see discounted rates.
Or call 206-728-7666 and ask for Citizen University rate.