• Civic Renewal in America? There’s a Map for That - Chad Tragakis

    November 02, 2016

    Last week (on October 13 and October 14), I attended the 2016 National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), an annual event that brings together leaders in civic engagement to share information and develop promising practices. I was honored to be representing the Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR), a small non-profit I’ve volunteered with for the past 10 years. AACR participates in similar conferences and send representatives to attend programs of various non-profit civic organizations.

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  • Corporate Civic Responsibility: Balancing Profitability with Ethical Business Practices

    July 07, 2015

    The Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) organized its 2015 Annual Round table with co sponsorship by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City.The theme for 2015 was “Corporate Civic Responsibility: Balancing Profitability with Ethical Business Practices.” This event was well attended by leaders including a US Congressman, a mayor, elected state officials, academic leaders, CEOs of corporations from different parts of the country, and trade organization representatives It was held in the banquet hall of the Overland Park Sheraton Hotel on May 8, 2015.

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  • MANY ETHNICITIES, ONE AMERICA

    June 04, 2013

    The Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) held its tenth annual roundtable conference on May 8, 2013, at Syracuse University’s Paul Greenberg House in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference was “Many Ethnicities, One America.” Participants discussed what it means to be an “ethnic American,” how to overcome challenges to rights and opportunities, how to best foster civic engagement, what ethnic American organizations and communities can learn from one another, and how these groups might work together. The conference commenced with welcoming remarks by Mr. Chad Tragakis, Senior Vice President of Public Strategies at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Dr. Joy Cherian, President and Founder of AACR, and Dr. Michael Schneider, Director of the Washington Public Diplomacy program of Syracuse University.

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  • Building Civil Society After the Arab Spring: Progress, Challenges, Needs

    July 14, 2012

    The ninth annual roundtable conference of the AACR explored the accomplishments remaining challenges and needs for continued reform effort for civil society and democratic governance in the Middle East. Several elements of reform were focal points: the role of social media, particularly for engagement of youth and the broader public; the relation of economic and political change and the role of business, especially SMEs, and the role of “outsiders” in helping civil society take root and flourish. Stephen Grand, Director of the Saban Center, Brookings Institution project on U.S. Relations with the Muslim World, provided an initial overview that helped direct the ensuing discussion, Farah Pandith, the U.S. envoy to the Muslim World, delivered energizing keynote remarks. Danya Greenfield, Deputy Director of the Rafik Hariri Center of the Atlantic Council, concluded the discussion with an analysis of future policy implications for the U.S. and other states of current reform efforts.

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  • Social Responsibility in Small and Medium Enterprises Roundtable - Kansas City, MO

    October 28, 2011

    The Washington DC Metropolitan area based Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) and Park University, headquartered in Kansas City, held a “Social Responsibility in Small and Medium Enterprises Roundtable” at the Park Distance Learning Conference Center on October 12, 2011 in Parkville, Kansas city area, Missouri. Park University is the second largest Online University in the US. This is the first time they are partnering with AACR for this hot topic. AACR held a similar conference at Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University in 2009.

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  • 9/11 Ten Years Later: Remembrance, Reflections and Resilience

    June 08, 2011

    he Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) organized its eighth annual roundtable conference on May 4, 2011, in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference was “9-11 Ten Years Later: Remembrance, Reflections and Resilience.” This annual program was hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and sponsored by Hill and Knowlton, a major public relations firm based in Washington, DC.

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  • Tocqueville in the 21st Century – Challenges for Democracy in America: Effective Governance, Equality, Multiculturalism, and Civic Engagement

    September 12, 2010

    The Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) held its Seventh Annual Roundtable Conference at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School Campus in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The theme of the conference was “Tocqueville in 21st Century: Challenges for Democracy in America” with a focus on four discussion topics ¬— Effective Governance, Equality, Multiculturalism, and Civic Engagement.

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  • Tocqueville in the 21st Century – Challenges for Democracy in America: Effective Governance, Multiculturism, and Civic Engagement, Seventh Annual AACR Roundtable Conference – 2010

    May 20, 2010

    The Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) held its Seventh Annual Roundtable Conference at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School Campus in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The theme of the conference was “Tocqueville in 21st Century: Challenges for Democracy in America” with a focus on four discussion topics -- Effective Governance, Equality, Multiculturalism, and Civic Engagement.”

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  • Kellogg School of Management and AACR Convene a Joint Conference with Great Success

    October 15, 2009

    The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) joined together to sponsor a very successful roundtable conference on “Social Responsibility in Small and Medium Size Enterprises” at Kellogg’s James Allen Center on October 15. The event was attended by about 40 invited attendees who included representatives and leaders from small and medium size businesses, academia, and public policy organizations.

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  • 2009 AACR Roundtable Conference

    September 20, 2009

    The Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility (AACR) held its sixth annual roundtable conference on May 5, 2009. The half-day conference, “Perspectives on Institutional and Individual Civic Responsibility During Crisis and Disaster – The Looming Pandemic Threat,” featured three topic discussion sessions lead by expert panelists in the fields of psychological, health, and medical research, preparedness, and emergency response.

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