Eric Liu, the final guest of the President's Forum Series this season, spoke about diversity and challenged all to work toward unity during his talk in the Geneva Room April 27. The author of “Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose In Life,” stressed the need to end the practice of ethnic labels.
Sujata Gupta, a reporter from the Finger Lakes Times, attended the forum and wrote the article titled “Speaker Urges End to Ethnic Labels.”
Liu is also the author of “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker,” which discusses what it is to be an American, and the editor of “Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation,” featuring political and cultural commentary by writers in their 20s.
The former Clinton-era foreign policy speechwriter and deputy domestic policy adviser is just as dedicated to mentoring as he is to politics. He is the founder of the Guiding Lights Project, a mentoring outreach program that showcases the strategies and stories of great mentors.
Liu, who graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School, currently hosts a local NPR interview show called “The Power of Voice” and teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs.