Michael Parenti, one of the nation's leading progressive political
analysts, will give a talk on "Democracy vs. Empire" next Wednesday,
March 15 at 7 p.m. at the University of Hartford in the North Café of the
Gengras Student Union. Parenti will address a number of provocative
questions in his talk, including:

* What are the myths of empire?
* Is U.S. globalism a form of empire, no more benign than earlier ones?
* Who benefits from global intervention and who pays the costs?
* How does the Empire feed off the Republic and does it threaten
democratic rule?

He is the author of nineteen books including Democracy for the Few, The
Terrorism Trap, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Superpatroitism, To
Kill a Nation, History as Mystery, America Besieged, Make-Believe Media,
Power and the Powerless, Democracy for the Few, and most recently The
Culture Struggle. Some 250 articles of his have appeared in scholarly
journals, political periodicals and various magazines and newspapers.
His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a
wide range of audiences in North America and abroad. His books are
enjoyed by both lay readers and scholars, and have been used extensively
in college courses.

"A prolific author, a charismatic speaker, and a regular guest on radio
and television talk shows," says Aurora Online, "Parenti communicates
his message in an accessible, provocative, and historically informed
style that is unrivaled among fellow progressive activists and thinkers."
KPFA-Pacific Radio describes Parenti as "... this tough, hilarious,
right-on mix of scholar and street."

Parenti addresses a broad range of topics in his talks including
democracy and economic power, imperialism and U.S interventionism,
terrorism and globalization, and political bias in the U.S. news media.
However, a constant theme in his work is to challenge injustice and
inequality. He says that "here at home and throughout the world people
are fighting back against the forces of wealth, privilege, and militarism
-- some because they have no choice, others because they would choose no
other course but the one that leads to peace and justice."

Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He
has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States
and abroad. His writings have been translated into over a dozen languages
throughout the world.

He has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political
Science, New Jersey Peace Action, the city of Santa Cruz, and various
academic and political organizations. He also serves on the board of
judges for Project Censored, and on the advisory boards of Independent
Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the
Jasenovic Foundation, as well as the advisory editorial boards of New
Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought.

Parenti's talk is part of the University of Hartford Spring 2006
Humanities Center Lecture Series, "Freedom of Expression in America:
Origins, Development and Challenges." This event is free and open to
all at the University and the local community, with seating available on
a first-come-first serve basis. Faculty are encouraged to invite their
students to this session. The complete schedule of talks in this series
can be viewed at http://hometown.aol.com/humanitiesUH. For more
information about this session, contact Jack Banks, Director of the
Humanities Center, at the University of Hartford at 768-5277 or via email
at jbanks@hartford.edu.