May 22

Patrick Gaspard

How political change happens

22/05/2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Inside the White House & out on the streets:
How political change happens

Join us for an intimate dinner with Patrick Gaspard on Tuesday 22nd May.

From student activist, community and Union organiser, long term Democrat campaign insider, to White House advisor, US Ambassador to South Africa and President of the Open Society Foundations, Patrick Gaspard has fought for social justice his entire life.

Patrick will share with us his long experience of political struggle, from the grassroots to the highest level, and as both an outsider and insider. He will reflect on how to achieve political change.

Since we are all about bringing diverse audiences in Brussels together to discuss new ideas that people can act upon, we are delighted to host Patrick for dinner on Tuesday 22 May.


7:30 – 10:30 PM   FULL CIRCLE DINNER

Talk & discussion over a full dinner
Location: Central Brussels (Venue confirmed 48H before the event to registered participants)
Tickets: €90 (Some reduced rate places available*)   BOOK HERE
(Registration is  compulsory)

* Email us here if you need a reduced rate ticket.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Born in Kinshasa of Haitian parents who were political refugees from the dictatorship in their own country, Patrick grew up in New York and became involved in African American student activism and community organising. He became chairman of the Democratic National Congress and went to the White House as Barack Obama’s Political Director. During Obama’s second term, the president appointed him as US ambassador to South Africa, where he also involved himself in the intersection between arts, culture and the politics of the struggle for racial equality. As president of the Open Society Foundations, he strives for vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

Patrick Gaspard is passionate about arts and culture of all kinds, particularly poetry and visual arts that express political struggle. His enthusiasm for Marvel Comics was captured in his parting gift from the White House, presented by Obama himself: a cartoon of the two of them as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

KEY LINKS
Open Society Foundations
Patrick Gaspard’s Twitter
Patrick Gaspard on Wikipedia
Patrick Gaspard’s video interview