A Conversation with Musician, Entrepreneur, and Podcast Host, Eric Nam: Rising Violence Against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders

7 p.m., Thursday, April 28, Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

In March 2021, Colby faculty led a community conversation about the ongoing and increasing violence directed at Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. The conversation ranged from the role of immigration policies, historical events, stereotypes, and other factors that relate to the uptick in violence.

The Goldfarb Center is continuing the dialogue with Korean American pop superstar Eric Nam. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Eric is a multi-faceted singer, songwriter, entertainer, and host. He is one of the most popular and recognizable celebrities in Asia and has been named GQ Korea’s Man of the Year, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, and YouTube’s Artist Trending On The Rise. As a student at Boston College, Nam focused on international studies and social justice issues and was a very active member on campus. He has used his voice to speak out about hate crimes and inspires students to be changemakers. 

The conversation will be moderated by Colby Assistant Professor of Psychology Jin X. Goh, who is also a member of the Goldfarb Faculty Advisory Committee. This will be an in-person only event. 

Eric Nam

Eric Nam Biography

Fluent in English, Korean, Spanish, proficient in Mandarin, and with millions of fans around the world,
Eric is one of the most extensively touring solo Asian acts across the major continents.

Prior to starting his music career, Eric graduated from Boston College with a degree in international
studies and a minor in Asian studies. He deferred a job offer from Deloitte Consulting to take part in
social enterprise initiatives in India. An opportunity arose for Eric to take part in Star Audition: Birth of
a Great Star, Korea’s version of American Idol, which launched him into Korean pop success.

Eric is a co-founder and creative director of DIVE Studios, the first podcast studio out of South Korea,
and host of three award-winning podcasts; I Think You’re Dope, K-Pop Daebak Show and Commit or
Quit. He has launched several successful businesses, leveraging his split experience between eastern
and western cultures, and has a vision to establish himself as an Asian-American on-camera talent with
a voice he hopes will captivate his millennial-focused audience. Eric is passionate about and an
advocate for social impact, environmentalism, education, and diverse representation across the media