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SVP Spring Meeting: American Identity & Citizen Power
May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Our country has never been more diverse or more polarized, and the questions of how we can embrace our complex identities and activate our civic power is front and center in our politics and culture. In his rich and provocative style, Citizen University founder Eric Liu will examine the birth of a new America, how we can rejuvenate the meaning of being an active American, and how our country can live up to the full promise of its creed.
True to SVP form, this year’s spring meeting will challenge and stretch our thinking around social change. After Eric’s talk he will be joined by Rich Stolz, Executive Director of SVP Investee OneAmerica, for a moderated discussion that will touch on local efforts to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice in immigrant communities.
Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with fellow SVP Partners and Investees while exploring the Northwest African American Museum and get an update on the great work SVP has done over the last year. We hope you will join us!
More about Eric Liu & Rich Stolz
Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen” (March 2017), “A Chinaman’s Chance,” “The Gardens of Democracy,” and “The Accidental Asian.” Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.
Rich Stolz was born in Seoul, South Korea. His parents met in Korea, when his father, an American citizen, worked there in the construction field. His mother became a naturalized citizen, and Rich’s family moved to the United States when he was three. Rich grew up in Redwood City, California, where he was raised by his mother. Growing up, Rich was always conscious of his bi-racial identity, which was framed by his and his mother’s experience as new-comers to the United States. From an early age, Rich thought a good deal about what it meant to be a citizen, what it meant to be American, and the consequences of prejudice.