The Seattle Public Library will host an interactive community event about civics, culture and American identity from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Race, gender, migration and displacement, along with religion, have long shaped America in difficult and fascinating ways. How can we find common ground together as our nation goes through challenging times? How can we create a sustainable story of "us" and hold civic purposes in common? This evening will include speakers who will expand and diversify the concept of what it means to be a member of the community and to live in America.

The event will be moderated by Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, and speakers will include:

Charles Mudede, journalist at the Stranger and philosopher
Ebo Barton, spoken word poet
Jamil Suleman, performance artist and rapper
Serafina Day, community organizer

This program is made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute's Citizenship and American Identity Program.