Civic Power Symposium

New Politics Forum


Join the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and New Politics Forum for their youth-focused thought conference, Civic Power Symposium, on Saturday, November 4. The conference will help participants understand how to harness their own unique power and collaborate with other young adults on pathways to progress. Participants will not only hear about pressing issues in their communities but will also learn innovative strategies about how to get involved and make an impact.

The day will consist of civic reflection workshops, interactive discussions, and a keynote + Q&A session with renowned author and civics educator Eric Liu. Through these activities, we hope that participants will better understand their role in society and feel emboldened to make change in their communities.

Who is Eric Liu?

Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs, and the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy, and The True Patriot, co-authored with Nick Hanauer. Eric’s most recent book is You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen.


Students joined our Texas Civic Ambassadors, Cody and Cam, to share their personal experiences with civic life and ideas for how to improve it. Our Civic Power Listening Booth was produced in collaboration with KUT Public Radio and supported by the Lebermann Forum.

- Annie-Jo Dickens

- Lauren Ashlee

- Jasmine Owen

- Giovanni Escovedo and Over Garcia

Julia O'Hanlon

- Jessica Tran

- Arianna Pulido

- Mallory Fulwider

Leslie Venglar

- Megan Brandon