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Pomona College Professor John Seery Wins National Phi Beta Kappa Award

Every three years, the Phi Beta Kappa Society recognizes national distinction by a single scholar in three endeavors--scholarship, undergraduate teaching and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education--with the Sidney Hook Memorial Award. The 2009 recipient will be Pomona College Professor of Politics John Seery, who also holds the title George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government. He will receive the award and provide the keynote speech, on October 3, at the closing banquet of the 42nd Triennial Council of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on Saturday, in Austin, Texas.

At Pomona College, Seery is teaching classes on Modern Political Theory, Political Freedom and The Idea of America. He has been recognized twice by Pomona College junior and senior students with the Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given for exceptional teaching, concern for students and service to the College and community. Prior to joining the Pomona faculty in 1990, he taught at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz and Tufts University.

Seery is the author of four books, including America Goes to College: Political Theory for the Liberal Arts (2002), Political Theory for Mortals: Shades of Justice, Images of Death (1996), Political Returns: Irony in Politics and Theory from Plato to the Antinuclear Movement (1990), and the forthcoming Too Young to Run? A Proposal for an Age Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Penn State Press). He has also published op-ed articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the San Gabriel Valley Times, and the Philadelphia Independent, and has been interviewed on ABC News, MSNBC, and numerous radio broadcasts.

An Iowa native, Seery received his BA from Amherst College and his MA and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

The Phi Beta Kappa Sidney Hook Memorial Award was established in 1991 in memory of the American philosopher. Funding for the award was made possible by a grant from the John Dewey Foundation. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776, is the nation’s oldest academic honor society with chapters at 276 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country.