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Michael Berube, who has been hailed as one of the nation's "public intellectuals" by The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education, will speak on "Disability and Democracy" Nov. 15 at Old Dominion University.

Berube's talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university's President's Lecture Series. It will be held at 8 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Science Building auditorium.

Berube, the Paterno Family Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, has written four books: "Marginal Forces/Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon;" "Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics;" "Life as We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child" and "The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies."

He is also co-editor of the NYU Press book series, "Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities" and "Cultural Front."

Berube has written for a variety of publications, including Harper's, The New Yorker Dissent, and The Nation, as well as for academic journals, such as American Quarterly, Yale Journal of Criticism, Social Text, Contemporary Literature and The Minnesota Review.

Berube, who received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia and his bachelor's degree from Columbia University, is currently working on projects that range from disability studies to African-American literature.

For more information call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: October 19, 2001

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