Paul Loeb has spent over thirty years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment-asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain. In 2008 Loeb founded and coordinated the Campus Election Engagement Project, a non-partisan effort which helped 500 colleges and universities enrolling three million students in order to engage their students with the election. He ran the project again for 2012, working with close to 700 campuses. The US Department of Education invited him as a participant in their 2011 roundtable on promoting civic engagement in higher education. Because Loeb's work offers uniquely intimate perspectives on the fundamental questions of our time, it has sparked widespread attention.
Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus (Rutgers University Press) explored the values and choices of American college students. His anthology on political hope, The Impossible Will Take a Little While, published in 2004 was named the #3 political book of that year by the History Channel and the American Book Association, and won the Nautilus Award for best social change book of the year. Paul's newly updated Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time(St Martin's Press), looks at what it takes to lead lives of social commitment despite all the obstacles and won the Nautilus Award for its new edition.
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