Higher Education and the Intellectual Culture: Is Reform Possible?

September 29, 2014
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George F. Will *68Columnist, Washington Post; Author; Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

George F. Will *68 has been a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post since 1974.  Today, his column appears twice weekly in more than 475 newspapers. For 35 years, he was a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine. In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in his newspaper columns.  Altogether eight collections of Mr. Will's Newsweekand Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation (2008).  Mr. Will has also published three books on political theory; Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does(1983), The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election (1987), and Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy (1992). He has also published extensively on the subject of baseball, most recently in 2014, with A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, a personal look at the hapless Chicago Cubs. In July 2000, Mr. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics. For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on ABC television’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In 2013 he became a contributor to FOX News’ daytime and primetime programming. Mr. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois. He was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University, and Princeton University, where he earned his PhD and served as a trustee.  He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University.  Mr. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972.  From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Reviewmagazine.  Today, Mr. Will lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and is the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is vice-chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member.  He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, and Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, and What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, theColumbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics. He is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton’s Department of Politics. He has given honorific lectures at Harvard, Yale, University of St. Andrews, and Cornell University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, divinity, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in Theology from Harvard and a doctorate in Philosophy of Law from Oxford University.

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Higher Education and the Intellectual Culture: Is Reform Possible?

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  • The Witherspoon Institute

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