The duties and power of citizenship have seldom been more in the news. Renowned author Eric Liu will explore “Citizen Power” in a public talk at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on Friday, April 21 at 6:00 pm. The William W. Treat Lecture is presented by Constitutionally Speaking in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Humanities.
Far too many Americans are illiterate about power – what it is, how it operates, and why some individuals have more than others. As a result, those who do understand power can wield it disproportionately. How can you learn to activate your civic power, to see problems through fresh eyes, and bypass broken institutions, stale ideologies, and divisive politics? In this powerful talk about power and civic purpose, Eric Liu expounds the values, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective and responsible citizenship.
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, A Chinaman’s Chance, The Gardens of Democracy, and The Accidental Asian. Mr. Liu served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton, and is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.
Doors open for this public event at 5:30 pm. The Currier’s galleries will be open for viewing. The talk will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Following his remarks, Mr. Liu will sign copies of his book, You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at nhcivics.org.