Lisa Szefel to Speak at Columbia on "The Conservative Road Not Taken: The Politics and Poetry of Peter Viereck"

(NEW YORK, February 24, 2009) The Friends of the Columbia Libraries are pleased to sponsor a presentation next week by Lisa A. Szefel, Assistant Professor of History at Pacific University on Peter Viereck, the historian and Pulitzer prize-winning poet whose work in political theory helped launch the modern conservative movement in the United States. The event will take place Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m., in Butler Library’s Room 523 on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.

Peter Viereck

The lecture, entitled "The Conservative Road Not Taken: The Politics and Poetry of Peter Viereck," will explore the state of disarray of modern conservatism and identify Peter Viereck's brand of compassionate conservatism, which argued for a middle way between the extremes of left and right, as well as examine the family history that led to this position.

Szefel is assistant professor in the History Department at Pacific University. She received her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. From there she attended the University of Virginia, where she received her masters degree, then attended University of Rochester, located in New York, for her doctorate.

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