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Former presidential staffer Levin to speak Oct. 9

Levins-book2Former presidential and congressional staffer Dr. Yuval Levin will speak on the Furman University campus Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101.

Dr. Levin’s talk, “Like the Leaves of Sybil: Burke and Tocqueville on Tradition in the Democratic Age,” is free and open to the public. Part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program, Dr. Levin’s lecture is presented by Furman’s College Republicans and by the Tocqueville Program at Furman University, which is sponsored by Ginny and Sandy MacNeil, Beth and Ravenel Curry, and several private foundations.

Levin, described as “the right’s new favorite intellectual” by the New Republic and “an intellectual prodigy” by the New York Times, is one of the leaders of the emerging reform conservative movement that aims to reshape the Republican Party from the inside out.

Levin is the Hertog Fellow at Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center. His areas of specialty include health care, entitlement reform, economic and domestic policy, science and technology policy, political philosophy, and bioethics.

Levin’s essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor for National Review and author of several books including “Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy,” and, most recently, “The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Left and Right.” Levin is also the founding editor of National Affairs magazine and a senior editor of EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis.

Before joining EPPC, Levin served on the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. His work focused on health care as well as bioethics and culture-of-life issues. Previously, he served as executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and as a congressional staffer. Levin holds a bachelor’s from American University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Department of Political Science, (864) 294-3547, or visit:

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