Delivering Democracy lecture with Van Jones


    2018 Delivering Democracy Lecture presents

    Van Jones

    Award winning Attorney, Social Entrepreneur and Commentator

    About Van Jones:

    Van Jones is a civil rights activist, social entrepreneur, author and former Obama White House advisor who is widely known for his work with CNN, as a commentator and host of “The Van Jones Show.” Over the past two decades, Jones has launched a number of thriving social enterprises which are bringing people together to solve some of America’s toughest economic and environmental problems and empower the most vulnerable in our society. A Yale-educated attorney, Jones is the author of multiple York Times bestsellers including 2017’s “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together,” in which he calls for setting aside political tribalism for a deeper patriotism of bipartisanship.

    About the Lecture:

    Arizona has long been viewed as a place in which democracy is undervalued and undermined. The word “democracy” is one of the most recognized, despised, venerated, and misunderstood terms in the English language. Its potential, however, has yet to be fully realized because it is routinely distorted, misjudged, and exploited. In order for American democracy to flourish and expand, its origins, evolution, and potency must be explained and practiced by everyday people, scholars, and visionaries in an accessible and thought provoking way. The Delivering Democracy Lecture provides a platform for the world’s leading, inspirational and visionary speakers to present their statements on participatory democracy.

    Program Schedule:

    2 p.m. Community Resource Fair | Attendee Check-in Begins

    4 p.m. Delivering Democracy Lecture Program Begins
    Mini-Concert – Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

    4:30 p.m. Lecture Begins


    Registration/Tickets: Registration is required for the Delivering Democracy Lecture and each attendee needs their own ticket.

    An individual registration must be submitted for each person attending as each attendee needs their own ticket. You may use the same email address, but we request that you provide each person’s name. Those with duplicate registrations will be contacted. A ticket will be provided once the registration form has been completed.

    Check-in: Please PRINT your ticket and bring it with you for faster check-in. You may also access your ticket on your phone to show upon check-in.

    **Your seat will be held until 4 p.m. At that time, we reserve the right to give any empty seats to walk-up attendees and those on the waiting list. We encourage you to come early to check-in and find your seat.**

    Cancellations: In the event that you are no longer able to attend the Delivering Democracy Lecture, please contact CSRD as soon as possible so that a participant on the Waiting List can attend.

    For more information and questions: Contact the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at or by telephone at 602-496-1376.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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