Citizen University National Conference

Who Is Us? Race, Citizenship, and America Now

In this age of inequality and demographic flux, how do we define a sense of national identity and cohesion? At #CitizenUCon16, we’ll ask the question “WHO IS US?”, as we focus on race, identity, and what it means to be American now.

CitizenUCon16 is over! Check out conference photos, and SAVE THE DATE for next year: March 24 & 25, 2017


Citizen University National Conference 2016. Art and Racial Justice panel discussion: C. Davida Ingram (artist), Damian Woetzel (Aspen Institute Arts Program), Jeff Chang (Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts), Kirsten Adele Calhoun (Arts in a Changing America), and Robert Schenkkan (playwright). Photo by Alabastro Photography. #CitizenUCon16

2016 Videos

Agenda 2016 detail

Friday, March 18

5:30p Opening Reception Meet up & mingle. Check-in and Breakout Session signup Light hors d’oeuvres & no-host bar; Elliot Bay Bookstore open
6:30p Music Grace Love & Jimmy James
Welcome Eric Liu
Keynote Why Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza
Performance Grace Love & Jimmy JamesNikkita Oliver
Panel The Movement Moment
presented with Seattle Foundation
Alicia GarzaJim WallisMaria HinojosaRory TaylorModerator: Eric Liu
Presentation Opportunity Youth United National Council of Young Leaders
8:30p Program Ends

Saturday, March 19

8a Doors open Check-in and Breakout Session signup Coffee, tea, scones
8:20a Opening  Music Grace Love & Jimmy James
8:30a Welcome  WHO IS US? Eric Liu
8:45a Plenary Conversations: The Power of Narrative American Resilience Deborah FallowsJames Fallows
The Mirror of Pop Culture Brad Jenkins, Melvin Mar, Rashad Robinson
New Political Storylines Matt Kibbe, Heather McGhee, Steven Olikara
10:00a Session I Breakouts Choose one Breakout Descriptions
Catalysing the Peer Effect Family Independence Initiative
Increasing Voter Engagement Among Low-Income Adults National Council of Young Leaders
Design Thinking for Social Change Sanjli Gidwaney
We Don’t Do Diversity: Taking a Systematic Approach to Operationalizing Racial Justice Rinku Sen
Family Power: The Revolution Starts at Home Mia Birdsong
Beyond Whiteness: Building Bridges Toward “The Beloved Community” Jim Wallis
11:30a Lunch Family-Style Lunch presented with
Chicago Community Trust
On the Table ConversationsTerry Mazany
1p Panel Art and Racial Justice C. Davida Ingram, Jeff Chang,Kirsten Adele CalhounRobert Schenkkan
Moderator: Damian Woetzel
Panel Restorative Justice Now
presented with Committee for Children
Ifrah Abshir, Keith Hickman, Matt BurmanNikkita Oliver
Moderator: Tracey Meares
3:00p Session II Breakouts Choose one Breakout Descriptions
Youth Voices Ifrah Abshir, Raj Vinnakota, Rory Taylor,  Zach Maurin
Movement Building Brittany Packnett, Eva Creydt Schulte, Mauricio Lim Miller
Arts for Social Change Damian Woetzel, Jeff Chang, Robert Schenkkan, Kristen Adele Calhoun, Nikkita Oliver
Narrative Brad Jenkins, Deborah Fallows, James Fallows, Jose Antonio Vargas
Restorative Justice Keith Hickman, Tracey Meares, Matthew Burman, Sue Rahr
Democracy Reform Steven Olikara, Matt Kibbe, Heather McGhee
4p Closing Plenary What We Do Next Abdul El-Sayed, Brittany Packnett, Bryan Brayboy, Eva Creydt Schulte, Sue Rahr, Zach Maurin
A New America Jose Antonio VargasRinku Sen, Eric Liu
Ceremony Sworn-Again America Oath & song Everyone
5:30p Program Ends Book signing Conference authors
6:00p Doors Close Goodnight!

More Information: Conference Resources


Thank You


Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center


CitizenUCon16 is over! We’re so inspired by this year’s event and invite you to SAVE THE DATES MARCH 24 & 25 for CitizenUCon17.

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