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Internationally renowned political theorist Benjamin Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America and abroad. Benjamin is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY); Founder and President of CivWorld; and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. He is also the founder of the Interdependence Movement. Formerly, Benjamin was Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and Kekst Professor of Civil Society, University of Maryland. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Benjamin has combined a career as a distinguished scholar and political theorist with a life of practical commitment to democratic civic practices and the arts that has given him widespread experience as a fundraiser, administrator, public speaker, educational and political consultant, and television and theater writer. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Princeton University, The City University of New York, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. Benjamin has won Guggenheim, Fulbright and American Council of Learned Society fellowships. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Grinnell College and received the Palmes Academiques from the French Government and the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin