Annual National Conference – March 24-25, 2017
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 email@example.com and join us on Facebook for our Conference Live Stream!
Friday, March 24
|5:30p||Opening Reception||Meet up & mingle, Check-in, Breakout Session signup.||Light hors d’oeuvres & no-host bar|
|Conversation||Reckoning With History||Annette Gordon-Reed, Titus Kaphar, Krista Tippett|
|Performances||Ben Hunter, Claudia Castro Luna|
|8:00p||Presentations||Stories of a New America||Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Matthew Dowd, Maria 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|
|8:30a||Welcome||Reckoning and Repair||Eric Liu|
|Panel||The Moral Citizen||Usra Ghazi, Tara Houska, Jim Wallis, Bob Woodson
Moderator: Eric Liu
|Presentation||Past Tense||Carrie Mae Weems|
|10:30a||Session I Breakouts||Choose one||Breakout Descriptions|
|Conversations||Annette Gordon-Reed, Matt 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 Dowd, Maria 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 Burgess, Jeremy Haile, Ruben Naverrette, Rinku Sen, Moderator: Eric Liu|
|3:00p||Session II Breakouts||Choose One||Breakout Descriptions|
|Conversations||Rebecca Burgess, Brad 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 Navarrette, Carrie 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|
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!
There are many hotels near Seattle Center. Here are four of our favorites that are offering discounted rates for conference attendees:
The Maxwell Hotel
To book a room, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-866-7977 and reference “Citizen University”. Book by January 23 to guarantee rate.