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Phillips to speak on wealth and democracy, Dec. 11

and political commentator Kevin Phillips will deliver a lecture on "Wealth and Democracy in America" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

In 1968, Phillips was the chief political and elections analyst for the Republican presidential campaign, and served as special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General for 13 months. After publication of his landmark 1969 book, "The Emerging Republican Majority," he resigned to become a newspaper and later broadcast commentator, and served as editor-publisher of the American Political Report from 1971 until 1998. From 1984 to 1996, he was an elections commentator for CBS Television News.

Phillips has written 11 books, including "The Politics of Rich and Poor" and "Wealth and Democracy." His eighth book, "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America," was a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in history. His two most recent books are "William McKinley" in the American presidents series edited by Arthur Schlesinger and "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit Under the House of Bush."

Since 1997, Phillips has lived in Connecticut, where he does most of his writing, now with an increasingly historical focus. He is a periodic contributor to National Public Radio and The Los Angeles Times, and an occasional contributor to Time and Harper's.

The public is invited to attend the event, including a reception with Phillips in the Shultz Dining Room following the lecture. The event is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, the Program in Ethics and Public Affairs, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. For more information, contact the University Center for Human Values at (609) 258-4798.

Contact:Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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