Press Release for Thursday, October 12, 2006

Benjamin Barber Discusses 'Democracy and Education' at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Benjamin Barber, the Gershon and Carrol Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland, will discuss “Democracy and Education” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the University of North Florida’s Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall.

As the principal of the Democracy Collaborative, Barber brings a concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America as well as abroad. He has authored 15 books, including his new book “The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House,” the classic “Strong Democracy” and international bestseller “Jihad Vs. McWorld,” which was translated into 10 languages.

He writes frequently for several newspapers and magazines in addition to scholarly and popular publications in America and Europe. Barber was a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly Political Theory.

Barber has received numerous honors such as the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships and the Berlin Prize of American Academy. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a doctorate and master’s degree from Harvard University.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets for these free lectures can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2006 Lectures link.