Citizen University National Conference

Reckoning and Repair

Our theme for this year’s conference was 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.

Hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts came to learn about power, deepen their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. With luminary speakers, master teachers, and lessons on civic power, the conversation were rich and provocative. Check back soon for the videos of some of these amazing conversations!


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


Mark your calendars! The 2018 Citizen University National Conference  will be happening MARCH 30th – 31st!

Check back soon for more information!

2017 Conference Program