Published: Feb. 3, 2022

Simu Liu, best known for his role in Marvel Studio’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, will give a talk on the CU Boulder campus on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Liu is being hosted by CU Boulder’s student-run Distinguished Speakers Board and Cultural Events Board. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the event beginning at 7 p.m.

Simu Liu

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: Simu Liu talk
When: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Macky Auditorium
Tickets: $2 students; $10 faculty/staff; $15 general public

Facial coverings are required for all attendees.

CU Boulder student ($2) and faculty-staff ($10) tickets will be sold weekdays beginning Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the first-floor event table in the University Memorial Center. A valid Buff OneCard and cash will be required at the time of purchase. Public tickets ($15) will be available for purchase online starting Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. The ticket link will be live at that time.

People planning to attend the event are invited to submit questions for an audience Q & A.

“Simu Liu made history as the first Asian-Canadian lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said Anuja Gore, CEB chair. “His accomplishments as an actor, producer, and soon-to-be author set him apart as someone truly extraordinary. CEB, in collaboration with the DSB, is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with him.”

"Engaging with speakers who stand out as distinguished for their ability to inspire, motivate, and lead our community provides a welcome opportunity for diversity of thought,” said DSB Chair Sawyer Bundgaard. “Therefore, DSB along with CEB are proud to host Simu Liu for his accomplishments in entertainment and activism, and we welcome him to our university.”

About Simu Liu

In addition to his Ten Rings role, Liu starred in the CBC/Netflix comedy series Kim’s Convenience. The first Canadian television series with an all-Asian lead cast, the series chronicles the day-to-day micro-dramas encountered by a Korean immigrant family that runs a corner grocery store.

He will next star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Arthur the King, and is releasing his memoir We Are Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story this May.

Born in Harbin, China, Liu immigrated to Canada at the age of 5 and is fluent in Mandarin.

Past speakers on campus

Past Cultural Events Board speakers have included #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Viola Davis, Kevin Hines, Hasan Minhaj, former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and gymnast and two-time Olympian Aly Raisman.

Past Distinguished Speakers Board speakers have included Anderson Cooper, Trevor Noah, Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Edward Snowden (via videoconference), Viola Davis, Scott Kelly and many more.