Thursday October 20, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM PDT
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Center for Philanthropy, Bamboo Room (Third Floor) 
221 NW Second Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

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Steve Higgs 
SAGE - Senior Advocates for Generational Equity 

Brunch: Citizenship in Times of Crisis

What is a citizen? How has citizenship changed over time? What responsibilities do citizens have in times of crisis — such as war, economic downturn, or environmental degradation?  Are there special obligations for citizens to be politically engaged?

Join SAGE and our speaker, Dr. Christopher Nichols, for a thought-provoking discussion on these and other enduring questions about citizenship and about crisis and the relationship between the two. We will discuss and debate questions about the rights, duties, and changing definitions of citizens and citizenship, with special reference to today’s challenges, long-term patterns, and the role that older adults play in defining and promoting citizenship as well as political engagement. We will conclude with a discussion on five strategies you can pursue to advance citizenship.


Registration tips

To register, please sign up using the online form or call SAGE at 971-717-6570. 

The cost to attend is $10, which helps cover our brunch expenses. You can pay in advance using the online form or pay at the door. If cost is a barrier, please contact SAGE for special arrangements.

Space is limited, so register today. Thank you for your interest in this special event!

Special thanks to our guest speaker

Dr. Nichols is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts where he is Director of the OSU Citizenship & Crisis Initiative. Nichols specializes in the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism, and globalization. In addition to his work on the intellectual history of the U.S. role in the world, Nichols is an expert on modern U.S. intellectual, cultural, and political history.

Nichols is a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and has been honored as the Oregon State University Honors College Outstanding Professor of the Year. He has also received awards for service, scholarship, and teaching from several universities and professional societies. Nichols is a frequent commentator on foreign policy and politics and has authored or co-authored three books, and written numerous articles on the intersection between citizenship and crisis. Nichols is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon Historical Society.

Learn more about Nichols’ work at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/shpr/citizenship and at https://christophermcknightnichols.wordpress.com

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In addition to this event, SAGE regularly hosts events on a variety of topics to raise awareness about challenges faced by younger and future generations and strategies to make a difference.

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