Manuel D. Mayerson Distinguished Speakers series to feature Soul of a Citizen

Author and citizens’ advocate Paul Rogart Loeb to address citizen responsibility | October 16, 2003

Paul Rogart Loeb, author and national advocate of citizen responsibility, is the keynote speaker of the second annual Manuel D. Mayerson Distinguished Speakers Series event, “Soul of a Citizen: Lesson for Our City,” on Monday, Nov. 3. Loeb is addressing the question of what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others do not. Registration and a light dessert reception begin at 6:00 p.m. prior to the address in the Schiff Family Conference Center at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Loeb uses his latest book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, as fodder for his keynote speech. In the book, Loeb offers alternative visions of hope and courage, depicting how ordinary citizens can make their voices heard and their actions count. For more information, visit

Loeb's credentials include being an associated scholar at Seattle's Center for Ethical Leadership and the board chair of Washington's Peace and Justice Alliance. He has spent 30 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment, and has lectured at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide. He is also the author of Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus, Hope in Hard Times: America's Peace Movement and the Reagan Era and Nuclear Culture: Living and Working in the World's Largest Atomic Complex.

"I stayed up half the night reading Soul of a Citizen, finding it a beautiful and morally transcendent work," says Jonathan Kozol, civil rights activist and last year's distinguished speaker. "Paul Loeb is a personal hero of mine who gives decency and generosity political character, in the humblest of ways."

Following Loeb's address, Borders is sponsoring book sales, and Loeb is signing copies of his book. His visit to Cincinnati then continues with a question-and-answer period with area high school students. The KnowledgeWorks Foundation is sponsoring this collaboration with students who have participated in the Mayerson High School summer service program.

The Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation is a Cincinnati organization dedicated to creating communities that are just, caring and respectful. Areas of interest to the foundation include arts, children, the community, individuals with disabilities, and issues surrounding Judaism.

This event is sponsored by the Mayerson Family in partnership with Hebrew Union College and the University of Cincinnati Ethics Center, and with support from the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, WCET TV 48 and Borders. Seating is limited, so those interested should R.S.V.P. by Monday, Oct. 27. For more information or to register, call 513 287-6528.