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David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and best known as a radical activist in the 1960s, will speak at Old Dominion University Thursday, April 6, as part of the President's Lecture Series.

His talk, "The Art of Political War," will begin at 8 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

A best-selling author, Horowitz made the lifelong intellectual and political journey from 1960s radical activist and leader of the "New Left" to crusader against what he calls the corrosive effects of leftism on culture.

During the 1960s Horowitz became the leader of the New Left, editing Ramparts magazine, an influential left-wing journal. Dissatisfied with the tragic consequences of radical policies in America and abroad, he withdrew from politics in the 1970s.

Horowitz and his partner, Peter Collier, then co-authored a series of best-selling biographies of prominent American families: "The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty" (1976), "The Kennedys: An American Drama" (1985), "The Fords: An American Epic" (1987) and "The Roosevelts: An American Saga" (1994).

In 1989, Horowitz co-authored "Destructive Generations: Second Thoughts About the Sixties," which chronicled the legacy of the New Left and its effects on American politics and culture. His autobiography, "Radical Son" (1987), recounts his political journey, while his latest book, "The Politics of Bad Faith," focuses on leftism and its socialist themes.

Horowitz has earned numerous awards for his books. He was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976 and received the Teach Freedom Award from President Ronald Reagan.

He founded the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, located in Los Angeles, in 1988. It now boasts 20,000 members and publishes four magazines, including Heterodoxy, a monthly magazine that focuses on "political correctness and other follies."

For more information about his talk, call 683-3116.

This article was posted on: April 6, 2000

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