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CEO of Citizen University to lead next Wheelhouse Talk

  • Eric Liu gives a presentation.

Posted on March 07, 2018

The divisive politics of 2017 and 2018 have led to an increase in citizen-driven protest and political engagement not seen since the end of the Vietnam War, with citizens leading calls for change on a handful of difficult topics nationwide. 

With that political climate in mind, Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host Eric Liu, the founder and CEO of Citizen University, a program which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship, as the next speaker in the center's Wheelhouse Talks series. Liu was also a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. 

He will discuss his personal and professional leadership lessons with the members of the Hauenstein Center's Cook Leadership Academy as well as the general public.

Eric Liu Wheelhouse Talk: Leadership and Citizen Empowerment Across the Political Divide

Hosted by Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Cook Leadership Academy

Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m.

Eberhard Center, Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at

Liu is an author, educator and civic entrepreneur, as well as the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. 

He is the host of the award-winning Citizen University TV and is a columnist and correspondent for media outlets including CNN and The Atlantic.

His most recent book is You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen. (

He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School.

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