Marlboro College



Marlboro, Vermont--Benjamin R. Barber, an internationally renowned advocate of democracy, is the keynote speaker for the Marlboro College Inaugural weekend of Ellen McCulloch-Lovell as its eighth president on September 18 and 19, 2004.

A distinguished scholar and political theorist, Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America and abroad. Author of 17 books, including the international bestseller Jihad vs. McWorld, Barber is a regular consultant to political and civic leaders such as former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and former President Bill Clinton. He is the recipient of intercontinental honors, including a French knighthood; a frequent contributor to American and European news publications; and a novelist, playwright, and prize-winning television writer.

Barber will discuss “Understanding Culture as Essential to International Cooperation” as the conclusion of the college’s Inaugural Symposium on Saturday, September 18 at 4 p.m. in the Persons Auditorium. Over 400 people from the college and surrounding communities are expected to attend the symposium, an afternoon of faculty, alumni, and student-led panels, performances, and lectures around the theme of “Citizen of Marlboro, Citizen of the World.” The symposium schedule is available on the college’s Website, The public is welcome to attend.

Barber’s fusion of tireless political activism and cultural contributions make him the embodiment of the vision that Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Marlboro College’s new president, has for the college: a creative community, where educational and artistic activities and discussions infuse civic engagement. McCulloch-Lovell’s work as Marlboro’s president is a natural extension of her efforts as a leader in the arts, education and public policy in Washington D.C. and Vermont for the past 30 years. The invitation-only installation ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 19 at 11 a.m. in Persons Auditorium.

Marlboro College’s first woman president and the seventh woman college president in Vermont, McCulloch-Lovell has strong ties to Vermont: she was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), executive director of the Vermont Arts Council (1975 to 1983), co-creator of the Governors Institutes, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to work with artists, scientists and international experts in summer institutes, and a 1969 graduate of Bennington College.

McCulloch-Lovell spent seven years in the Clinton Administration, serving as executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, deputy chief of staff to the First Lady, and deputy assistant to the President and advisor to the First Lady on the Millennium Project. In her role on the Millennium project, she spearheaded remarkable campaigns in historic preservation and in educational, cultural and environmental programs.

In tribute to McCulloch-Lovell’s commitment to cultural engagement, John Brademas, President Emeritus of New York University, former U.S. Representative from Indiana and Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, will give the introductory remarks at the Inaugural ceremony. McCulloch-Lovell and Brademas became friends while she was Executive Director of the committee.

Rod Gander, former longtime president of Marlboro College and current Vermont state senator for Windham County, will receive an honorary degree for his years of service to the college and the state.

In keeping with the weekend’s theme, “Citizen of Marlboro, Citizen of the World,” a colorful array of United States and international flags will adorn the campus dining hall, reflecting the global outlook of the Marlboro College community.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

In the 2005 edition of The Princeton Review's The Best 357 Colleges, Marlboro ranked first for “Professors Bring Material to Life” and second for “Best Overall Academic Experience,” “Class Discussions Encouraged” and “Professors Make Themselves Accessible” and 13th for “Students Never Stop Studying.”

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