Thursday, 18 April, 2013
This special lecture is funded by the UT Humanities Center and the AfterWars Faculty Research Seminar.
Wilfred M. McClay is SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is co-director of the Center for Reflective Citizenship at UTC, and also holds positions as 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. He was appointed in 2002 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served in that post until January of 2013. His book The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books are The Student's Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, and the forthcoming Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education. McClay was educated at St. John's College (Annapolis) and the Johns Hopkins University, and has taught at Tulane University, Pepperdine University, the University of Rome, Georgetown University, and the University of Dallas.