Former White House speechwriter to deliver Ruhl Lecture May 15

UO journalism event to focus on the meaning of citizenship

Eric Liu (Image via Twitter)     Image via Twitter

EUGENE, Ore. – (May 14, 2014) – Author, educator and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu will present the School of Journalism and Communication’s 2014 Ruhl Lecture on May 15 at the University of Oregon. Liu will speak on the topic of "Power, Voice, and the Meaning of Citizenship” in the John E. Jaqua Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Liu, graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, also served as a White House speechwriter and the deputy domestic-policy adviser to President Clinton.

For those who are unable to attend the lecture, Liu’s presentation will be streamed live at or online at the SOJC Livestream Channel, and will be viewed in Allen Hall 141.

Following the lecture, Liu will take questions from the audience along with questions submitted via the Twitter (#Ruhl2014).

Liu is the author of "The Accidental Asian" and "Guiding Lights" and co-author of "Imagination First," "The True Patriot" and "The Gardens of Democracy." He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, a conference on creative citizenship, and the curator of True Patriot Network, dedicated to promoting progressive civic values. 

About the Ruhl Lecture

The Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment, which has supported an annual Ruhl Lecture since 1974, was established by Mabel W. Ruhl, Robert’s widow, to “foster mutually beneficial contact between the School of Journalism and Communication and the mass media.” It honors Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert W. Ruhl, who was editor and publisher of the Medford Mail Tribune.

About the School of Journalism and Communication

Continuing a legacy reaching back nearly 100 years, the School of Journalism and Communication is a community of scholars and professionals dedicated to freedom of expression and public service.  By integrating theory and practice, SOJC faculty prepare students to become professional communicators, critical thinkers and responsible citizens in a global society. Nine of the UO’s ten Pulitzer Prize winners have their roots in the School and its Hall of Achievement which showcases more than fifty alumni and former faculty who have reached the highest levels of career achievement.

Media Contact: Kellee Weinhold, UO School of Journalism and Communication, 541-346-2897,

Note: The University of Oregon is equipped with an on-campus television studio with a point-of-origin Vyvx connection, which provides broadcast-quality video to networks worldwide via fiber optic network. In addition, there is video access to satellite uplink, and audio access to an ISDN codec for broadcast-quality radio interviews.