Marlboro College


Marlboro, VT - (May 4, 2009) - Marlboro College will welcome Penn State professor Michael Bérubé as its 2009 Commencement speaker during its graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 17.

Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, where he holds appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.  He is the author of six books, including Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (Pantheon), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1996 and was chosen as one of the year's seven best books by National Public Radio. His most recent book, The Left at War, will be published in 2009 by NYU Press.

Writer David Horowitz listed Bérubé as one of the "101 Most Dangerous Academics in America" in 2006. The two have publicly debated Horowitz's proposed reforms to higher education. In addition, Bérubé has written for a wide variety of academic journals such as American Quarterly, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and Modern Fiction Studies, as well as more popular venues such as Harper's, the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Nation.

Commencement ceremonies take place in Persons Auditorium on the Marlboro College campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. Information about seating, parking and more can be found at For special needs and accessibility information, please call (802) 251-7644.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or

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 also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.



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