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Author Eric Liu on the Joy of Voting

The Citizen University founder shares how we can inspire a cultural revolution around civic engagement.

September 28, 2016

Eric Liu (left) and Enrique Cerna. According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, U.S. voters are some of the least-active voters among developed countries.  As both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show unfavorable ratings in their bid for the presidency, many Americans are indicating that they may skip voting altogether.

This is not just about the casting of a ballot. It’s about being in something together that’s bigger than you.

Writer, author and Citizen University founder Eric Liu says that voting doesn’t have to be a grim duty, but can even be a joyful, communal experience. In a recent TED Talk, Liu says it is time to create a “joyful culture” of voting.  Liu discusses the efforts being made to inspire a cultural revolution when it comes to civic engagement in his conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna.

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including A Chinaman’s Chance, The Gardens of Democracy and The Accidental Asian. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN and a correspondent for The Atlantic.



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Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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