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Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
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Michael Berube responds to increasing conservative concerns of liberal bias

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Oct. 18, 2006 – Michael Berube, author of the newly published “What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and ‘Bias’ in Higher Education,” will respond to arguments by conservative critics that higher education is too liberal in his lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2 at Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., on the Colorado College campus.

In his book, Berube explores charges by conservative critics that America's universities are biased toward liberalism. Over the last five years, conservative complaints about liberal bias in academe have intensified, Berube says. He does not deny that most college campuses are “teeming with liberal faculty.” Instead, he asserts that colleges and universities have a responsibility to remain liberal, as independent intellectual inquiry is fundamental to democracy.

Berube also explores the dilemma of liberal teachers encouraging open debate but opposing racism, sexism and homophobia. He maintains that the real threat to open debate is conservatives seeking to squelch liberal ideas in the name of "fairness" to foster more conservative perspectives.

Berube, the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, admits to being a liberal progressive but maintains that he is politically noncommittal in the classroom.

He also is the author of “Higher Education under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities” and has written for the Village Voice and The New Yorker.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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