Marlboro College

News Author Michael Berube Discusses New Book,

MARLBORO, VT - (November 2, 2009) - Marlboro College will present a free, open to the public lecture by author and academic Michael Bérubé in Ragle Hall at 7:00pm on Monday, November 16.

Bérubé's lecture, entitled "The Left at War: Arguing With Ourselves, 2001 - 2003," will examine the major arguments for and against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ask not only which anti-war arguments have the best chances for broad public support, but also which antiwar arguments offered the best responses to pro-war positions.

The discussion is based on Bérubé's newly released book, The Left at War (NYU Press), which revisits and reinterprets the major intellectual debates and key players of the last two decades, covering the terrain of left debates in the United States over foreign policy from the Balkans to 9/11 to Iraq. The surprising results of Bérubé's arguments reveal an American left that is overly fond of a form of "countercultural" politics in which popular success is understood as a sign of political failure and political marginality is understood as a sign of moral virtue.

Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University and author of six books, including Life as We Know It, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of that year by National Public Radio.

In 2006, author David Horowitz included Bérubé in his book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, prompting a public debate between the two over Horowitz's proposed reforms to the alleged liberal bias in higher education. During the same year, Bérubé published, What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and 'Bias' in Higher Education.

Copies of The Left at War will be available for sale in the lobby before and after the lecture. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 251-7644, or visit www.marlboro.edu.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.

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