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Benjamin Barber, Author and Political Theorist to Discuss Democratic Responses to Terrorism at Pomona College

Internationally renowned author and political theorist Benjamin R. Barber will discuss “Democratic Responses to Terrorism in a World of Interdependence,” on Thursday, November 11, at 11a.m., at Pomona College.

Dr. Barber is the author of 17 books including the classic Strong Democracy (1984, 2d ed. 2004), the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld (1995, 2d ed. 2001, translated into twenty languages), Fear’s Empire: War, Terrorism and Democracy (2003, with eight foreign editions), and The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House (2001). A founding editor and former editor-in-chief of the international quarterly Political Theory, he also writes for Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Nation, El Pais and other publications.

A principal of the Democracy Collaborative, Barber is the Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the United States and Europe, including former President Bill Clinton, former Senator Bill Bradley and former President Roman Herzog of Germany. He has also consulted with the Corporation for National Service, the United States Information Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities; and in Europe, with UNESCO, the European Parliament, the Swedish Parliamentary Commission on Democracy and Mission 2000 (the French Millennial Commission).

Barber has been honored for his work with a knighthood (Palmes Academiques/Chevalier) from the French Government (2001), the Berlin Prize of the American Academy of Berlin (2001) and the John Dewey Award (2003). He has also been awarded Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships; and honorary doctorates from Grinnell College, Monmouth University and Connecticut College. In 1991-92, he held the chair of American Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. It will be held at the Pomona College Little Bridges Hall of Music (150 East Fourth Street, Claremont). For further information about the event, contact (909) 607-2458.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.