What it Means to Be American

Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Join hundreds of change-makers, activists, and catalysts to learn about power, deepen your networks, and recharge your sense of purpose. In 2016 we’ll focus on race, identity, and the changing definition of what it means to be American.

With luminary speakers, master teachers, and rapid-fire lessons on civic power, the conversation will be rich and provocative. This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship and remake the narrative of America. Join us.

Citizen University National Conference 2015

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Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center


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Registration opens mid-November


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

Traffic and Parking Alert: Park in a Seattle Center garage or lot — or use public transit. We suggest Seattle Center 5th Avenue Garage near the Gates Foundation on Friday or Saturday. We also suggest the 1st Ave N and Thomas garage on Saturday. 

Tips & Resources.

  • Sign up for breakout sessions begins Friday night. Arrive early to get your first choice.
  • Bring an umbrella or raincoat. It will rain.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, shoes and dress in layers. It will be cool.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle. We will not have water for purchase. 
  • Bring a notebook and a pen. 
  • Social Media: follow & use #CitizenUCon15
  • Like us on Facebook. Follow @CitizenUniv on twitter. 

Arrive. Check-in. Sign Up! When you arrive at Fisher Pavilion you will pick up your name badge and sign up for breakout sessions (descriptions are below). 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: There will be a reception with light snacks and a cash bar on Friday at check-in. There will be coffee, tea and snacks on Saturday morning. Family-style lunch is provided on Saturday. If you need a full meal on Friday evening or breakfast on Saturday there are many places to eat in the Seattle Center Armory.

Accommodations: There are many hotels in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood near Seattle Center. Use RoomKey.com to find a good deal on a hotel near Seattle Center.