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Invitation to a Webcast

November 8, 2016

Invitation to a Webcast, Noon, Friday November 22

You are invited to access a Webcast of a seminar at the Family Research Council’s “media room” at Noon on Tuesday, November 22nd at 801 G Street NW.  On the day of this event, access  and enter “What is the West” in Search

CONFERENCE TOPIC:    What is the West?


Richard J. Bishirjian earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh , and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame where he studied with Gerhart Niemeyer, Eric Voegelin, Stanley Parry and Ralph McInerney. He did advanced study with Michael Oakeshott at the London School of Economics.Dr. Bishirjian is the author of The Conservative Rebellion, published by St. Augustine’s Press in 2015, a history of political theory and editor of A Public Philosophy Reader.

Peter Wyatt Wood is an anthropologist and former provost of The King’s College in New York City. He served as executive director (2007-2008) of the National Association of Scholars before being appointed president of NAS in January 2009. Dr. Wood was a tenured member of the Anthropology Department at Boston University, where he also held a variety of administrative positions, including associate provost and president John Silber’s chief of staff.

Dr. Wood is the author of A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2007) and of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) which won the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education from the John Locke Foundation. These books extend his anthropological interest in examining emergent themes in modern American culture.

Dr. Stephen H. Balch became the director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in September 2012. Before coming to Texas Tech, Dr. Balch served for twenty-five years as founding president and chairman of the National Association of Scholars. During his years at the NAS, Dr. Balch worked to encourage universities and colleges across America to develop new academic programming dealing with Western civilization, “the Great Books,” and the study of free institutions. He also played a major role in the founding of a variety of other academic organizations devoted to enriching scholarship and public discussion of higher education issues. In 2007, his work was honored by the National Humanities Medal, bestowed by President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony.

Dr. Balch has written on higher education issues for a variety of publications and co-authored The Vanishing West: 1964-2010, a report that documents the decline of the study of Western civilization in America’s universities.


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