Honor College Presents 'Medley' on Tradition

April 24, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Wilfred McClay, The Suntrust Chair of Excellence in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee, will present a medley of lectures covering texts over tradition during Baylor University's Honors College Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in room 100 in Morrison Hall on the Baylor campus.

The close of the spring colloquium will feature McClay lecturing on Edward Shils' "Tradition and Liberty: Antinomy and Interdependence" from The Virtue of Civility, G.K. Chesterton's "The Ethics of Elfland" from Orthodoxy, Eric Hobsbawm's "Introduction: Inventing Traditions" from The Invention of Tradition and T.S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" from Selected Essays.

McClay is currently a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program of Princeton University. In 2002, he was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As a writer, McClay was awarded the1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for his book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America. His other books include The Student's Guide to U.S. History and Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America.

For more information about this lecture, visit the Honors College Lecture Series website.

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