Eric Liu

Executive Director, Citizenship and American Identity Program, The Aspen Institute; Founder, Citizen University

Eric Liu is executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program and founder of Citizen University. He teaches civic leadership at University of Washington and writes for and Liu was a speechwriter and later deputy domestic policy advisor for President Bill Clinton. His books include A Chinaman’s Chance, the national best-sellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, and The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race. Liu received the 2010 Bill Grace Leadership Legacy Award from the Center for Ethical Leadership and was a 2002 World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow.

Videos/Audio of Eric Liu

Debating immigration is a perennial favorite in presidential elections, perhaps never more so than in 2016, when border... See more
Deep inequality and stagnant wages. An emerging electorate of color. White anxiety. Anti-establishment anger.... See more
In this season of campus activism around race, inclusion, speech, and privilege, how can US colleges best cultivate—and... See more
Our nation’s founders envisioned a republic in which the people would be the ultimate source of power. However, a... See more
In 1987, E.D. Hirsch sparked a national debate with his book Cultural Literacy, claiming that there is a foundation of... See more
Two of America’s most powerful poetic voices join with the Aspen Student Poets to explore how their art can tackle some... See more