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Eberly speaks on religion, civil society, Feb. 9

Don Eberly, founder of both the National Fatherhood Initiative and the Civil Society Project, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in 16 Robertson Hall. His topic will be "Religion and Civil Society: Common Ground for America and the Developing World?"

Eberly has been an advocate for the revitalization of civil society, private philanthropy, the strengthening of core values, and the creation, maintenance and empowerment of nonprofit community organizations. He pioneered numerous social problem-solving initiatives while serving in senior positions in the Congress and two presidential administrations. He was deputy director at the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives during the George W. Bush administration.

Eberly founded the National Fatherhood Initiative in 1994 to address the growing trend in absentee fathers, the civil ramifications and cultural mores. He established the Civil Society Project in the 1990s to bring citizens, civic leaders and academic thought leaders together to advocate and implement democratic practices and habits, promote an increase in volunteer social organizations, and decrease society's dependence on government and the economic marketplace.

Eberly is the author of the book, "Restoring the Good Society: A New Vision for Politics and Culture." His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion.

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