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March 3, 2011 Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

POULTNEY--Vermont author Stephen Kiernan will present a public talk Authentic Patriotism at Ackley Hall at Green Mountain College on March 24 at 7 p.m.

Author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System and a new book Authentic Patriotism: Restoring America's Founding Ideals Through Selfless Action, Kiernan will visit classes throughout the day at the College before the public lecture.

In his latest book, Kiernan urges Americans to take on the challenges facing our society by telling the stories of everyday heroes who are reshaping society. Patriotism, Kiernan argues, transcends flag waving and political posturing, and lies instead in our service to each other and our willingness to sacrifice for the sake of our country and its people.

"Authentic Patriotism is the story of those people whom you have never heard of, but who are most responsible for the greatness of America," wrote former Vermont governor Howard Dean.

Spanning over two decades as a journalist, Kiernan has won 40 awards, including the Bechner Institute's Freedom of Information Award and the George Polk Award. He is an inspired thinker and spokesperson on contemporary issues of health care, civic engagement, ethics, service learning, social justice and the green economy. A graduate of Middlebury College, he received a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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