Paul Loeb

Paul Loeb

Paul Rogat Loeb has spent 45 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment—asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain, and exploring how to find the hope to stay engaged despite all the frustrations and barriers. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times (St Martin’s Press) has 175,000 copies in print between two editions. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and  Hope in Troubled Times (Basic Books), was named the #3 political book of fall 2004 by the History Channel and American Book Association, won the Nautilus Award for best social change book, and has 125,000 in print. Paul is also the author of Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. He’s written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, AARP Bulletin, The Nation, Redbook, Huffington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, Fox News, and the BBC, and lectured at 450 colleges throughout the country and numerous national and international conferences. He founded the national nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project, which worked with over 500 colleges and universities in 2020 and the project that creates nonpartisan candidate guides to help voters make educated choices. See

Alice Walker writes, “The voices Loeb finds demonstrate that courage can be another name for love.” “Soul of a Citizen helps us find the faith we need to act on our deepest beliefs—and keep on,” says Marian Wright Edelman. Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller concluded “Paul Loeb brings hope for a better world in a time when we so urgently need it.” The late Susan Sontag called Loeb “A national treasure.” And Bill Moyers writes, of The Impossible Will Take a Little While, “This book can even make one hopeful about the future despite so many signs to the contrary.” Loeb’s books are being used at hundreds of campuses to inspire student engagement. For information on Loeb’s books, including free academic exam copies, examples of the powerful classroom responses, and how to get his monthly articles, see


symposium on democracy 2020

Soul of a Citizen

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Welcome remarks by: Dr. John C. Knapp Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Mary Ryan Paul Loeb will talk about how ordinary citizens and students in particular can make their voices heard…