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.

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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
From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese- Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American... See more
Community is a much-heard catchword, but what are the communities we hope to have and how can we enable them? Find out... See more
There have long been two notions of what it means to be American: one is civic and colorblind, found in our... See more
The Afternoon of Conversation is the Festival's signature event. An audience of more than 2,000 gathers in the Benedict... See more