Civic Saturday

April 17, 2018

Civic Saturdays are an initiative out of Washington State led by Eric Liu, who founded an organization called Citizen University. Eric was a former speech writer for President Bill Clinton. He has authored three books including: The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government and his most recent (which will be for sale at the event), You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen. He has been a commentator for CNN and The Atlantic and is also the current Executive Director of the Aspen Institute. Website.

Citizen University is taking their Civic Saturday concept on the road and coming to Des Moines on Saturday, May 5th.  From 9:30-10:30, there will be a social impact fair where local organizations who are partners will be showcasing the work they are doing in civic and community engagement. Participants can hear about this work and have a cup of coffee and a donut. From 10:30-12:00, Eric Liu will be presenting this program. As part of this we will have a student poet and musician performing.  If you are interested in attending and/or spreading the word, you can get tickets HERE or view the Facebook Event.

There is NO cost to attend.