Poughkeepsie, New York
|Occupation||author, educator, strategist, journalist|
Eric P. Liu (traditional Chinese: 劉柏川; simplified Chinese: 刘柏川; pinyin: Liú Bǎichuān, born 1968) is an American writer and founder of Citizen University. Liu served as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy at the White House between 1999 and 2000. He served as Speechwriter and Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Security Council at the White House from 1993 to 1994. Liu is currently a Senior Law Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. In 2014 he was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the board of directors of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, awaiting Senate confirmation.
Life and career
Liu today is CEO of Citizen University, which brings together leaders, activists and practitioners to teach the art of powerful citizenship. His TED talk on this topic has been widely viewed around the world. In 2014 he launched the Aspen Institute Program on Citizenship and American Identity to advance national conversation about the core American question: "Who is us?".
Liu and Nick Hanauer have co-authored two influential political books: The True Patriot, which redefines patriotism in progressive terms; and in 2011, The Gardens of Democracy, which presents a 21st-century way of envisioning citizenship, the economy, and the role of government.
Liu is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. He wrote the 'Teachings' column for Slate magazine from 2002 to 2005. His most recent book, A Chinaman's Chance, explores being Chinese American in the age of China and America. He is also the author of Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (2005), about transformative mentors, leaders and teachers, and The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (1998), about ethnicity, identity and acculturation. His book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.
Liu lives in Seattle, where he serves on numerous boards, teaches civic leadership courses at the University of Washington, and hosts an acclaimed television show called Seattle Voices.
- President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, White house press release.
- PN37 — Eric P. Liu, US Senate records - Previledged Nominations.
- ON CAMPUS WITH: Eric Liu; Last Job? Speeches For Clinton, By ELIZABETH COHEN Published: September 15, 1994 .
- "The Book". "The Gardens of Democracy" Web site. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- Critical studies
- David Leiwei Li, "On Ascriptive and Acquisitional Americanness: The Accidental Asian and the Illogic of Assimilation." Contemporary Literature, 2004 Spring; 45 (1): 106–34.
- Twitter feed
- TEDCity 2013 talk by Liu, September 2013
- Gardens of Democracy Web site
- The Guiding Lights Network Web site
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Liu, January 23, 2005