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Author to Speak on Civic Responsibility for King Convocation

(Posted January 6, 2003)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Author and civic activist Paul Loeb, author of "Soul of a Citizen," will speak on "The Soul of a Citizen: Dr. King's Legacy in a Difficult Time" at the 12th annual Martin Luther King convocation at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13 in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall on the Juniata College campus.

Admission to the event is free.

Loeb will speak about how ordinary citizens -- students in particular -- can make their voices heard. He will describe how to get involved in community issues and how that involvement can give people a sense of connection and purpose.

Loeb also will lead a workshop on "Teaching for Engagement" Monday, Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Loeb has been a writer and civic activist for more than 30 years, writing primarily about citizen responsibility and empowerment. He is an associated scholar at the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, Wash.

He has written four books. "Nuclear Culture" centered on the daily lives of workers at the atomic weapons plant in Hanford, Wash. The book "Hope in Hard Times" examined the lives of people involved in peace activism. He also wrote "Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus." His latest book, "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time," centers on the requirements it takes to lead a life of social commitment.

Loeb edited Liberation magazine from 1974 to 1976. Since then he has worked as a writer, scholar and activist. He has written articles for the New York Times, Mother Jones, Redbook, Utne Reader, the Washington Post, New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Parents magazine.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.