September 23, 1999

Andrew Sullivan, Former Editor in Chief of The New Republic, to Speak on Bigotry at Middlebury College on Oct. 7

Praise for Andrew Sullivan: "Gay service members are now allowed into the military, only to face a series of trip-wires intended to flush them out. They have become, in effect, the unintended bait of rogue military commanders." -- Andrew Sullivan, "Undone by 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" The New York Times, Op-Ed, April 9, 1998

Author, columnist, and former editor in chief of The New Republic, Andrew Sullivan will give a talk titled "Who is a Bigot?" on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road, off College Street (Route 125). Sullivan's lecture is part of a two-day visit to Middlebury under the Twilight Scholar's Program. The event is free and open to the public.

As the youngest editor in The New Republic's history (1991-1996), Sullivan, who was 28 when he took over the magazine, distinguished himself by exploring the more sociological facets of politics--a reflection of his desire to make the magazine more relevant to readers of his generation.

In his talk on bigotry, he will ask questions about whether or not bigotry is the same with regard to race, gender, and homosexuality, and how society can encourage tolerance without infringing on the right to free speech. Sullivan will argue that there are limits to attempting to enforce social tolerance.

In his writings and in his speeches, he has confronted some of society's most controversial issues, most notably gay rights and same-sex marriage. A practicing Catholic, he has also challenged the Church's position on gay life.

Sullivan is the author of the critically acclaimed landmark book, "Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality" (1995). In 1997, he edited a companion volume, "Same Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, A Reader."

A native of Great Britain, Sullivan came to the United States on a Harkness Fellowship, the British equivalent of the Rhodes Scholarship. He has a master's degree in public administration and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned his undergraduate degree at Oxford.

In 1996, Adweek magazine named Andrew Sullivan Editor of the Year. He received the National Magazine Awards for reporting, general excellence, and public interest in 1992 and 1995. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Esquire. Currently he writes a column on American politics for The Sunday Times of London.

Sullivan has spoken extensively on college campuses and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the "CBS Evening News," "The Charlie Rose Show," and National Public Radio's "Fresh Air."

For more information about the lecture, contact Leroy Nesbitt, special assistant to the president, at 802-443-3166.