A Book Panel Discussion on A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson (The University Press of Kentucky, 2011), edited by Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

November 18, 2011
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George KatebWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Princeton University; Alan M. LevineAssociate Professor, Department of Government, American University; Daniel S. Malachuk, Associate Professor of English, Western Illinois University; and Wilfred M. McClay, SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities and Professor of History, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of JurisprudencePrinceton University

Alan M. Levine is an Associate Professor of political theory in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University and anAffiliate Associate Professor in AU’s Department of Philosophy. His publications include Sensual Philosophy: Toleration, Skepticism, and Montaigne’s Politics of the Self (2001), Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration (editor, 1999), as well as articles on Montaigne, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Chinua Achebe, Judith Shklar, European views of America, and the origins of toleration. His most recent publication is A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson, co-edited with Daniel Malachuk (Kentucky, 2011), which is the topic of thispanel. He has had numerous prestigious fellowships, including from the NEH; the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; the Institute of US Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (to study counter terrorism in Israel); and he was the Olin fellow at the Madison Program in 2006-07. He has received four teaching awards at American University and is the founding director AU’s Political Theory Institute. He earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Daniel S. Malachuk is an Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University's new campus in Moline, Illinois; he lives across the Mississippi River in another of the “Quad Cities,” Bettendorf, Iowa.  His research focus is nineteenth-century literature in relation to political theory and environmentalism. In addition to A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson, other recent publications focus on the political or environmental thought of such figures as Henry David Thoreau, William James, and George Eliot. He is the author of Perfection, the State, and Victorian Liberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), an account of the perfectionist, statist brand of liberalism offered by John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, and the American Transcendentalists.   He received his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Wilfred M. McClay has been SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since 1999. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, and Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, and has been, since 2002, a member of the National Council for the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, The Student’s Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square, and Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past. He received his B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.

George Kateb is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton. An influential political theorist with an international reputation, he is a champion of democratic individuality and a critic of its many challengers. His most recent books are Patriotism and Other Mistakes (2006) and Human Dignity (2011). Kateb earned his A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. at Columbia University.

Robert P. George is McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and founding director of the James MadisonProgram. He is the author of In Defense of Natural LawMaking Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life and Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics. 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.


A Book Panel Discussion on A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson (2011), edited by Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk


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