Benjamin R. Barber

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Internationally renowned democracy scholar and commentator Benjamin R. Barber will discuss the media and its effects on citizenship in the third event of the national speaker series, "The Bucknell Forum: The Citizens and Politics in America."

Barber will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Trout Auditorium on the Bucknell campus. His talk, "News as Commodity in an Interdependent World: Can Citizenship Survive?" is free and open to the public.

A question-and-answer session and a book-signing will follow Barber’s presentation.

"Benjamin Barber brings a tremendous range of expertise to the forum's discussion this fall of news media and its influence on this presidential election," said Kim Daubman, a Bucknell professor of psychology and a member of the task force planning the Bucknell Forum. "His scholarship on democracy and citizenship and their relationship to the issues of politics and consumerism will add significantly to this conversation."

The Bucknell Forum
"The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America"  is a national speakers series exploring major issues in the 2008 presidential election, notably those at the forefront of today's national discourse. The series will feature nationally renowned leaders, scholars, and commentators exploring these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and offer opportunities for campus and community conversations.

In October, a panel of national political correspondents from some of the country's most influential print, broadcast, and online news sources discussed the role that media play in shaping the presidential election and the issues affecting the race. NBC newsman Tim Russert kicked off the series as the inaugural speaker in September.

Author of 17 books
Barber, the author of 17 books, is the Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, as well as president and director of the international nongovernmental organization CivWorld Citizen's Campaign for Democracy.

"An internationally renowned political theorist, Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America and abroad," according to his Web site  biography. "He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the United States and around the world."

His books include "Strong Democracy" (1984, reissued in 2004 in a 20th anniversary edition); the international best-seller "Jihad vs. McWorld" (1995, with a post-9/11 edition in 2001, translated into 20 languages); and "Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole," published by W.W. Norton & Co. in March.

Political Theory
A frequent writer for Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, and others, Barber was a founding editor and for 10 years editor-in-chief of the international quarterly Political Theory.

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Posted Sept. 14, 2007
Updated Oct. 22, 2007
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