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'Soul of a Citizen' Author Paul Loeb to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Paul Loeb — whose book “Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time” looks at what it takes to lead lives of social commitment — will give a presentation at Ithaca College on Monday, September 20. His 7 p.m. talk in Textor 102 is free and open to the public; his books will be available for sale and signing.

Loeb has spent over 30 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment, seeking to discover what makes some people choose lives of social commitment while others abstain. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country and been a lead speaker at numerous conferences. His January 2002 talk to the American Association of State Colleges & Universities helped inspire the association’s American Democracy Project, now involving over 200 campuses.

Currently an affiliate scholar at the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, Washington, Loeb blogs regularly at the “Huffington Post” and in 2008 helped create and coordinate the Campus Election Engagement Project for Campus Compact.

His books include “Hope in Hard Times,” which examined the lives and visions of ordinary Americans involved in grassroots peace activism; “Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus,” which explored the values and choices of American college students; and the anthology “The Impossible Will Take a Little While,” which was named one of the top political books of 2004 by the History Channel and the American Book Association, and won the Nautilus Award for best social change book of the year.

In addition to his public talk, Loeb will speak in politics classes and meet with students and staff of the college’s Center for Student Leadership and Involvement while on campus. His visit is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Department of Politics in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

For more information, contact Melissa Gattine in the Park School at or 607-274-1023.