UCSB Arts & Lectures presents a FREE Virtual Thematic Learning Initiative Event featuring Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Amanda Nguyen titled “Hopeanomics” and How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Grassroots Activism, Wednesday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m.

FREE virtual event on Feb. 16 replaces postponed in-person event (originally scheduled for Jan. 12)


  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Amanda Nguyen’s “Hopeanomics” and How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Grassroots Activism
  • Recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Time magazine’s 100 Next lists, Amanda Nguyen helped draft the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and is the CEO and founder of Rise
  • Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019
  • Lead of Emmy-nominated Mini Documentary “Rise Above” by Money Magazine
  • Wednesday, February 16th / 7:30 p.m. Pacific / Virtual Only (livestream, no replay)
  • ​​This event was rescheduled from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16 and will now be live-streamed only with no in-person component.

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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents a FREE virtual Thematic Learning Initiative event with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amanda Nguyen titled “Hopeanomics” and How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Grassroots Activism, Wednesday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m. This free virtual event replaces the postponed in-person event originally scheduled for January 12.

Harvard graduate Amanda Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise, a social movement accelerator that teaches grassroots organizing. She helped draft the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights – one of just a handful of bills in U.S. history to pass unanimously through Congress – following her painful experience navigating the justice system as a rape survivor. Nguyen has been recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Time magazine’s 100 Next lists, and was named one of InStyle’s 50 Badass Women of 2020 and Foreign Policy’s leading global thinkers of 2016.


“The most powerful tool we have is our voice.” – Amanda Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen is a social entrepreneur. Her 2021 viral video ignited worldwide coverage on anti-Asian hate crimes and is credited as a pivotal moment for the Stop Asian Hate movement. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for penning her own civil rights into existence by unanimously passing the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. As the CEO of Rise, a social movement accelerator, she teaches grassroots organizing. Rise has drafted and passed 33 laws that codify 84 million sexual violence survivors’ civil rights. She is also an expert advisor on the Chloé Sustainability Board. In recognition of her work, Amanda is a Heinz Laureate, Nelson Mandela Changemaker, Forbes 30 Under 30, Foreign Policy 100, Time 100 Next, Frederick Douglass 100, and Marie Claire Young Woman of the Year. Previously, Amanda served at NASA and the State Department under the Obama Administration. Amanda graduated from Harvard University.


Rise is a millennial-driven social change incubator for citizen lawmaking. Rise drafted and helped pass groundbreaking federal legislation that created the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights which was signed into law by President Obama in October 2016. This bill was one of only 0.016% substantive bills – one of 21 – in modern U.S. history, since 1980, to have unanimously passed into law.

Rise’s “Hopeanomics Guide” is an organizing curriculum that serves as a blueprint to drive democracy and scale hope that can easily be applied to other social issues, empowering ordinary citizens to pen their own civil rights into existence.

See A&L’s full 2022 lineup here

This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.

A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx


Transform your life. Transform your community. Arts & Lectures Thematic Learning Initiative extends the conversation from the stage into the community, inspiring lifelong learning opportunities that initiate change and empowerment. Join A&L and other knowledge seekers like you who want to learn more, know more and do more to improve ourselves and the world around us. 


What is it?

The Thematic Learning Initiative provides opportunities for anyone interested in delving deeper into the issues raised by A&L artists and speakers. Connect with others at intimate salon-style discussions, film screenings and added special public events. Receive online educational resources, sign up for book giveaways and more!​


What does it cost? 

It’s FREE!


Who participates? 

More than 2,000 community members like you and local organizations like social services, health and wellness providers and civic organizations.

Get involved!

Start receiving Thematic Learning Initiative information and resources. Create or update your Arts & Lectures account and select “Thematic Learning” as one of your interests.



Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  


Amanda Nguyen is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. 

This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

This event was rescheduled from Jan 12 to Feb 16 and will now be live-streamed only, for FREE, with no in-person component.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.

Justice for All Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Zegar Family Foundation, and Anonymous

With thanks to our visionary partners, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, for their support of the Thematic Learning Initiative

Presented in association with the UCSB Feminist Futures Initiative, the UCSB Division of Student Affairs and Standing Together to End Sexual Assault

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.

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