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Citadel News Service
2 Apr 2012

Famed political activist Phyllis Schlafly lectures

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Phyllis Schlafly, the famous political activist who founded the Eagle Forum, will deliver a lecture Wednesday, April 4, in a cutting-edge new course being offered at The Citadel called the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America.

Led by Mallory Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, the class brings in national leaders each week, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese.

“As one of the founding and oldest living members of the conservative movement,” said Factor, “Phyllis Schlafly is revered for bringing the pro-family movement to the forefront of American politics.”

Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book A Choice Not An Echo. In 1972, she started her national volunteer organization now called the Eagle Forum. In a 10-year battle, Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses more frequently than any other conservative. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies' Home Journal.

The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America is a survey of the political tradition of modern conservatism in the United States with some consideration of its roots in the broader Western political tradition, and specific attention is given to the development of the tradition in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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