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Atlantic blogger, author Sullivan to speak

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, 8 p.m. McCosh 50

Andrew Sullivan, the "Daily Dish" blogger and a senior editor at The Atlantic, will present a lecture on "The Politics of Homosexuality" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in McCosh 50.

Sullivan is a well-known conservative voice in American politics. A Catholic who advocates civil marriage rights for homosexual couples, he is the author of "Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality" (1995), which became one of the best-selling volumes on gay rights. His second book, "Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival" (1998), examined the AIDS epidemic and the virtue of friendship. In "The Conservative Soul" (2006), Sullivan argues that the Republican Party has abandoned its roots by capitulating to religious fundamentalists and urges a return to a form of conservatism based on individual freedom, constitutional protections and a respect for the limits of human reason.

Sullivan is the former editor-in-chief of The New Republic and also has written for the The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and the Sunday Times of London. One of the first prominent journalists to experiment with blogging, he started "The Daily Dish" independently in 2000 before moving it to The Atlantic's website in 2007.

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

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