For Immediate Release
May 26, 2016
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
(860) 246-1553 ext. 116
|Eric Liu, Founder of Citizen|
University and Keynote Speaker
Great Citizenship will review the insights of Connecticut residents’ social behavior toward their neighbors, communities, and government, which were revealed in the 2016 Connecticut Civic Health Index Report. The Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the program, which will include a panel of distinguished guests including Liu, Martha McCoy of Everyday Democracy, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Dr. Bilal Sekou of the University of Hartford, Dr. Richard Brown of the University of Connecticut, and Alma Maya, a Latina Community Activist and Former Bridgeport Town Clerk.
Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and the author of several books, including his latest: The Gardens of Democracy. He previously served as a White House speechwriter and policy advisor for President Bill Clinton. Currently, he is a regular columnist for CNN.com and correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. Copies of Liu’s book are currently available for purchase in Connecticut’s Old State House Shop. He will be available for books signings on the night of the event from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Connecticut’s Old State House will open its doors for this event at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Great Citizenship: Building a Better Connecticut is sponsored by the Connecticut Civic Health Advisory Group, Connecticut’s Old State House, Connecticut Network (CT-N), Everyday Democracy, DataHaven, the Office of the Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, The Connecticut Forum and CT Parent Power. Funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities, the William Caspar Graustein Fund, Connecticut Campus Compact and private donors.
Located in historic downtown Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building and online at shop.ctoldstatehouse.org, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase Connecticut, Hartford and Old State House-themed gifts, products and apparel. For more information on admission prices, school programs, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, follow Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the museum online at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.