The Goldfarb Center brought K-pop superstar Eric Nam to campus. Students and staff stood outside of the auditorium for hours to ensure they got a seat! 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 was moderated by Colby Assistant Professor of Psychology Jin X. Goh, who is also a member of the Goldfarb Faculty Advisory Committee. This event was a continuation of a dialogue held in March 2021 hosted by the Goldfarb Center and led by Colby faculty about the ongoing and increasing violence directed at Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. They talked about the role of immigration policies, historical events, stereotypes, and other factors that related to the uptick in violence.