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Obama's 'new liberalism' is lecture topic

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, 8 p.m. McCosh 50

The shift from the conservatism dominating American politics during the presidency of George W. Bush to a new brand of liberalism under President Barack Obama is the subject of a lecture by journalist and author George Packer set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in McCosh 50. His talk is titled "The New Liberalism."

A writer for The New Yorker since 2003, Packer is the author of several works of nonfiction and fiction. "Blood of the Liberals," a personal account of the history of liberalism in the 20th century, won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His book "The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq" was named one of the 10 best books of 2005 by The New York Times. In 2008, Packer published a play, "Betrayed," based on a series of interviews he conducted for a New Yorker article on three young Iraqis who risked their lives to help the war effort and whose subsequent request for protection was met with American indifference.

The talk, designated as a Stafford Little Lecture, is sponsored by the University Public Lectures Series.

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