2017 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm


Journalist, author and community activist Sarah Van Gelder will be the featured keynote speaker for the 2017 Munro Seminar for Civic Education that is scheduled for November 1-2. 

Ms. Van Gelder is the founding editor of YES! magazine and author of the book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America which chronicles her solo road trip across the U.S.  She recently founded of a new nonprofit, PeoplesHub, that will provide online training to local groups around the country wanting to make change where they live.

In addition to this exciting talk, the Munro Seminar will feature panel presentations on activism and consensus building. Event details below; all presentations are free and open to the public.




Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. – Majestic Ballroom, 1027 N. Forest St., Bellingham

Keynote lecture, Sarah Van Gelder, “The Revolution is Where You Live”

Sarah Van Gelder is the author of the book “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America.” She is also a co-founder and columnist at YES! Magazine and the founder of PeoplesHub, a start-up nonprofit supporting and training groups in reimagining their community, resisting powerful forces that undermine the common good, and building resilience.

Thursday, Nov. 2Wilson Library Reading Room on the WWU campus

10-11:30 a.m. – Panel discussion: “Community Stakeholders in Rebuilding Consensus”

Moderator: Greg Winter, executive director, Opportunity Council, Bellingham


  • Tim Ballew, Chair, Lummi Indian Business Council
  • Jay Julius, Lummi Indian Business Council
  • Crina Hoyer, Executive Director, Resources for Sustainable Community
  • Newton Breiter, Lake Union Partners, Seattle
  • Tiffany Turner, Washington State Budget and Policy Center


Noon-1 p.m. – Light Lunch and Q & A with Sarah Van Gelder

2-3:30 p.m. – Panel discussion: “The Role of Political Parties in Rebuilding Consensus”  

Moderator: Vernon Johnson, Director of the Munro Institute, WWU Professor of Political Science


  • Mario Brown, Partner at B&B Strategies and Chair of the Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee
  • Kirby Wilbur, KVI Talk Radio Host and former Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party
  • Mark A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
  • Amir Abedi, WWU Professor of Political Science and Department Chair


For more information, see the Munro Institute website or contact Vernon Johnson, Western Washington University Professor of Political Science and Program Director for the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education at Vernon.Johnson@wwu.edu or (360) 650-4874.