Mercyhurst Civic Institute welcomes author Paul Rogat Loeb, author of “Soul of a Citizen”

The Mercyhurst College Civic Institute presents Paul Rogat Loeb, author of “Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In his book, “Soul of a Citizen,” Loeb explores how ordinary citizens make their voices heard and spark a change in the world. Loeb will discuss what makes one person choose social commitment while others do not and what sort of impact a solitary citizen can make on the world.

Loeb, an associated scholar at Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership, has written on social involvement for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, Parents Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, the Village Voice and the National Catholic Reporter. In addition, he has appeared on CNN, NPR, PBS, NBC and radio and television programs around the world.

Born in California in l952, Loeb attended Stanford University and New York's New School for Social Research, and while at both worked to end the Vietnam War. From 1974 through 1976, Loeb edited Liberation magazine, where he worked with writers like Grace Paley, Todd Gitlin, John Berger, Jane Jacobs, Allen Ginsberg, Noam Chomsky and Gary Snyder.

Loeb's first book, “Nuclear Culture,” explored the daily world of atomic weapons workers in Hanford, Wash. “Hope In Hard Times” examined the lives and visions of ordinary Americans involved in grass roots peace activism. “Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus” explored the values and choices of American college students.

The lecture by Loeb is being sponsored by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute. The institute was founded in 1995, and is comprised of four centers: the Center for Child and Family Policy, the Center for Justice Research and Policy, the Educational Leadership Forum and the Center for a Healthy Community.

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