‘Soul of a Citizen’ author Paul Rogat Loeb to speak here Oct. 28

Paul Rogat Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the third-floor lounge of Murray-Herrick Campus Center at the University of St. Thomas.

The lecture about social involvement is free and open to the public. Sponsors are St. Thomas’ Office for Service-Learning, University Lectures Committee, Communications Studies Department and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Loeb will discuss what gets people, and especially students, involved in their communities, how to remain committed over the long haul, and how this involvement can provide a sense of connection and purpose.

His book, now in its 10th printing, is described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “A passionate but reasoned call for Americans to become involved in issues that matter.” Howard Zinn, who spoke at St. Thomas earlier this year, said Soul of a Citizen is “an essential book for anyone who wants to work for change.”

Loeb has spent 25 years researching, writing and speaking about citizen responsibility. He also is the author of Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times.

He has spoken on more than 300 college campuses and has been interviewed by more than 700 television and radio stations, including major networks in the United States, Germany, Australia and Canada.

Loeb lives in Washington, where he is associated with Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership and chairs the board of Peace Action of Washington state. He’s completing a new anthology on political hope.

For more information about the lecture call St. Thomas, (651) 962-5829, or visit the Loeb Web site, http://www.soulofacitizen.org/.

Loeb also will conduct a workshop on “Citizenship and the Curriculum” specifically for educators from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 414 of the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on the St. Thomas campus.

The workshop is free and open to all educators in the Twin Cities. Enrollment is limited; to register call (651) 962-5820 or e-mail kjmickelson@stthomas.edu.


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