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Former White House Staffer Speaks Jan. 29

Last updated January 25, 2014

By Tina Underwood

Levins-book2Former presidential and congressional staffer Dr. Yuval Levin opens Furman University’s 2014 Tocqueville Program with a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Watkins Room of Trone Student Center on the Furman University campus.

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. His lecture is the first of the four-part Tocqueville series, “Tocqueville and the American Republic.” All lectures in the series are part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

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, he 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.

Upcoming Tocqueville lectures include:

Wednesday, Feb. 12 – John Koritansky, “Tocqueville on Civil Religion in America,” 4:30 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Christine Henderson, “Progress and Paradox in Tocqueville’s Memoir on Pauperism,” 4:30 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Wednesday, April 2 – Wilfred McClay, “The Tocquevillean Moment … and Ours,” 4:30 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

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

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