Ai-jen Poo, a dynamic social innovator and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa spring 2017 Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, will give a public keynote address, “Organizing with Love in the Age of Anger” at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium on March 22 at 6:30 p.m.
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“For me and for this generation of young people, the question is how do we save the soul and the institutions of our democracy in this moment and how do we do it in such a way that makes us stronger on the other end,” Poo says.
Poo says she personally found the results of the 2016 presidential election to be “devastating” and says she would not have considered the academic appointment if it had been offered anywhere else but the University of Hawaiʻi.
“One of the things that makes me feel like it was just such a gift to be here now is because Hawaiʻi is a state that is exactly a microcosm of the future for the United States as a whole,” Poo says. “This is really a place where a lot of innovation in public policy has happened and where the kind of inclusion and diversity has been embraced here and really seen as a strength. That’s the kind of approach that we need to have as a country.”