CEO, Citizen University
Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs (citizenuniversity.us), and the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. His books include the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy, and The True Patriot, co-authored with Nick Hanauer. Eric’s most recent book is You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race. His other books include A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream; Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month; and Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, which explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts. Read More >
TEDTalk: Why Ordinary People Need to understand Power
TEDTalk: There's No Such Thing As Not Voting
Who Will 'Us' Be?
Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu Discuss The Gardens of Democracy with Charlie Rose
Exploring the Dangers of Polarized Politics for American Governance
National Conference on Volunteering and Service – Points of Light
Naturalization Ceremony and Panel Discussion with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Gerda Weissmann Klein
Four Peaks Interview
Citizen University - How to Talk With the Other Side
Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates, why some individuals have more than others. As a result, those few who do understand power wield it disproportionately. How can you learn to activate your civic power to see problems through fresh eyes, and bypass broken institutions, stale ideologies, and divisive politics? In this powerful talk about power and civic purpose, Eric Liu expounds the values, knowledge and skills of effective citizenship, and rejuvenates the meaning of being an active American.
Our country has never been more diverse or more polarized, and the question of what it means to be American—and how we create a sustainable story of “us”—is front and center in our politics and culture. In this rich and provocative talk Eric Liu examines the birthing of a new America and argues that today’s fights over racial justice and social inclusion are fights to ensure that this country lives up to the full promise of its creed, and why now, more than ever, we need to ask: Who is us? Who gets to define modern America?
"Everything at the event went quite well. Eric’s key note remarks were great, very thought provoking and he did a nice job of weaving together the themes we wanted and also making connections to our organization. We then had a moderated discussion with Eric and our other guest speaker. That portion of the program was well-received too. Overall we were really happy with the event, and it was great to have Eric as one of our featured speakers."
"The event was fantastic. Eric was so generous with his time, and so well received by our group. He was articulate, passionate, interesting, energetic—truly a perfect way to kick off our conference and we’re very grateful."
"Eric was incredible! We hope to find ways to work with him to enhance our efforts and his going forward. You were a pleasure to work with, and I can't thank you enough for making this happen."
"Eric was phenomenal. Here's an example of one of the many e-mails I received yesterday: 'The presentation was amazing. I'm happy that I made it a priority to attend this morning, it was motivating and empowering! These types of events are great for the engagement initiative.' Thanks for being a part of putting this together. It was very much appreciated."
"A spectacular performance! Students were moved and you were able to provoke reactions from them that were once seen only at football games! Feel proud of what you’ve accomplished here for us on this campus. Word going around is that the discussions went great and that students were very much into it."
"Eric Liu’s event was great. Could not have been more perfect."
"Everything went very well and we were honored to have Eric speak to our students. They responded very well. I hope he enjoyed the visit also. Thanks again, APB, for all your help."