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Visiting scholar lectures on 'The Parent as Citizen' on Oct. 12

September 22, 2011

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A free public lecture about the influence of parenthood and family on political beliefs will be given at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Montana State University's Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building.

Brian Duff, associate professor at the University of New England, will speak on "The Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma."

Duff believes that when leaders and citizens in the U.S. articulate their core political beliefs, they often do so in terms of parenthood and family. But while the motives might be admirable, the results of such thinking are often corrosive to our democratic goals. Duff will discuss how efforts to make the experience of parenthood inform citizenship contributes to the most persistent problems in modern democracy and democratic theory. Duff argues that influential theories of democratic citizenship rely on the metaphor of parenthood to help individuals rise to the challenges of politics, and demonstrates that this reliance has unintended consequences.

Duff's lecture is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance the research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please visit, or call 994-4288.

Sara Rushing 994- 5165