Event Details

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010
7 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Reception to follow with refreshments by donation to More Than Words bookstore and book signing. Paul will have books available for purchase.

This event is organized by:

The Experiential and Community-engaged Learning Program

And co-sponsored by:

Campus Sustainability Initiative
Department of Community Service
International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
Office of Graduate Student Affairs
Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies
Social Justice and Social Policy Program
Schuster Institute SoJust Leadership Series

Paul Loeb to speak at Brandeis



Paul Loeb has spent more than 30 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment — asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain.

He has written five widely praised books, lectured to enthusiastic responses at 400 colleges and universities around the country — including Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Chicago, Michigan, MIT, Yale, Cornell, Duke, Wisconsin and Columbia — and has been a lead speaker at numerous conferences including the National Education Association, American Society on Aging, Education Commission of the States, National Youth Leadership Council, American College Personnel Association, Campus Compact’s Presidential Summit, the American Association of Colleges & Universities, a national conference on race and ethnicity on campus, the company meeting of Patagonia Corp. and the Unitarian General Assembly. His January 2002 talk to the annual provost’s conference of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities helped inspire the Association’s American Democracy project, now involving 200 campuses.

Born in California in 1952, Loeb attended Stanford University and New York's New School for Social Research, and worked in both places to end the Vietnam War. Loeb has written for a range of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, Village Voice, Huffington Post, Utne Reader, Redbook, Parents Magazine, Mother Jones, Sojourners, Technology Review, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit News, San Francisco Chronicle, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Tampa Tribune, Academe, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Teaching Tolerance, Inside Higher Ed, Salon, International Herald Tribune and Knight-Ridder News Service.

Loeb's first book, "Nuclear Culture" (New Society Publishers), explored the daily world of atomic weapons workers in Hanford, Washington. "Hope in Hard Times" (Lexington Books) examined the lives and visions of ordinary Americans involved in grass roots peace activism. "Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus" (Rutgers University Press) explored the values and choices of American college students. "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time" (St. Martin's Press), looks at what it takes to lead lives of social commitment despite all the obstacles, and now has 95,000 copies in print through 12 printings. His anthology on political hope, "The Impossible Will Take a Little While," was published in 2004 by Basic Books named the number three political book of that year by the History Channel and the American Book Association, and won the Nautilus Award for best social change book of the year. It now has 65,000 copies in print.

Because Loeb's work offers uniquely intimate perspectives on the fundamental questions of our time, it has sparked widespread attention. His writing has been covered by the Associated Press and United Press International, cited in Congressional debates, and praised, quoted, and discussed in an array of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Harper's, New York Review of Books, Christian Science Monitor, Psychology Today, The Oprah magazine, Parents Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, London Sunday Times, Manchester Guardian, Family Circle, Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Weekend, Teen, Modern Maturity, Newsday, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Detroit Free Press, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Columbus Dispatch, Boston Herald, New Age, Christian Century, Commonweal, Teacher Magazine, Sojourners, Progressive, Houston Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Orlando Sentinel, Charlotte Observer, Seattle Times, Greenpeace, Toronto Globe and Mail, Daily Age [of Melbourne, Australia], Baltimore Sun, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Rocky Mountain News, Mother Jones, Academe, Contemporary Sociology, National Catholic Reporter, and the Atlantic.

An associated scholar at Seattle's Center for Ethical Leadership, Loeb has also done more than 1,000 TV and radio interviews, including nationwide appearances on TV networks like NBC, CNN, PBS, Fox and C-Span, National Public Radio, the BBC, the ABC, NBC and CBS radio networks, American Urban Radio, Voice of America, and national German, Australian, and Canadian radio. He recently created and coordinated Campus Compact's 2008 Campus Election Engagement Project, which helped colleges and universities in 15 states engage their students with the election, using resources the organization had developed on its website.

“Without doubt, your talks were one of the most outstanding series of events that I have experienced during my 15 years at this university.”
—John Clark, Philosophy Professor, Loyola of New Orleans

“Your presence here has nurtured actions and attitudes that will have wide-ranging ripple effects. You’ve clearly touched many lives. Your faculty workshop on fostering student engagement was a wonderful conversation, and you were the perfect person to lead it.”
—Jackie Schmidt-Posner, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University

“You spoke to 6,000 people in our morning and afternoon 2005 commencement ceremonies, getting a standing ovation each time.  Fort Lewis is a different and better place after your address. You left our faculty and students inspired and with renewed dedication to civic engagement.”
—President Brad Bartel, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

“Paul Loeb is the only lecturer we've had in my five years who received a standing ovation from an audience of over 600 students, faculty and community members. This was a result of his ability to connect passionately with people, and particularly students, in a way that engages them in a conversation about civic commitment and activism that is meaningful to them.”
—Dr. Olivia Collins, Coordinator, Lou Douglas Public Issues Lecture Series, Kansas State University

 “Paul Loeb got a standing ovation from 1200 people in closing our national conference. His presentation was inspiring! Paul gives great examples that speak to the concerns and needs of educators, and does a great job promoting the democracy of public schools.”
—Kathie Zurfluh, National Education Association, national board member