Panelists: -Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University, and Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles -Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History, University of Dallas - Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English at Emory University and Senior Editor of First Things
On January 24, 2020 Pepperdine School of Public Policy and the National Association of Scholars sponsored a half-day conference celebrating the launch of The Lost History of Western Civilization, a new report by Stanley Kurtz demolishing the idea that Western Civilization was nothing but a myth invented by American warmongers during World War I. This history of Western Civilization seeks to rectify the excesses of four decades of "Hxrstory" and "Cultures, Ideas, and Values."
The report's author, Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy, excavates the history of thought from Jerusalem and Athens, through Rome, to the modern West. In doing so, Kurtz provides a detailed refutation of "Western Civ the Myth" and explains the need for Western Civilization courses from Stanford to Yale. The irony of Jesse Jackson and some 500 protestors chanting, "Hey hey, ho ho, Western Civ has got to go," while surrounded by the Romanesque architecture of Stanford University isn't lost on the speakers and panelists of this conference. NAS intends to bring professors and scholars together in order to discuss the need and means of returning Western civilization to a place of encouraged scholarship as the cultural foundation of our self-governance and national ideals.