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Parenti to Speak on 'Political Liberties and Economic Democracy'

Posted 10/22/2009
Submitted by Meagan Fazio
Category: Campus Announcements
Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti

The colloquium on "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century" will continue on Wednesday, Nov. 4, with a talk by political science scholar, author, and lecturer Michael Parenti on "Political Liberties and Economic Democracy."

The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please call the University box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.

Parenti's talk is the third event in the "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium". The Colloquium will include three additional programs during the Spring 2010 semester. Sessions earlier this fall explored capital punishment and the right of self-defense.

Parenti, who holds a PhD in political science from Yale University, lectures frequently throughout the United States and abroad. His 21 books and hundreds of articles have been translated into at least 18 languages. The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome was selected as a Book of the Year for 2004 by Online Review of Books.

Parenti's books and lectures examine a wide range of subjects within the general areas of politics, culture, economics, and history. Among his subjects are imperialism, democracy, fascism, and other ideologies; historiography and ancient and modern history; the functions and workings of academia, mass media, technology, the judiciary, and other cultural institutions; and current wars and other social ills.

Perhaps his most influential book is Democracy for the Few, now in its eighth edition — a critical analysis of U.S. society, economy, and political institutions, and a college-level political science textbook. His most recent book is Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader. Another book, God and His Demons, is forthcoming.

For more information on Parenti, visit

For more information on this lecture or the Colloquium, contact Professor Donn Weinholtz at 860.768.4186 or

The "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium" is sponsored by the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program and the Office of the Provost. The members of the colloquium planning committee are Jilda Aliotta, Mary Dowst, Marcia Moen, Katie Roy '09, Paul Siegel, and Donn Weinholtz.
Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti