Another fan of Thomas Paine is Richard Brookhiser, historian, author and nationally known conservative intellectual, who’ll be on campus for a Historical Perspectives Lecture Series appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the University Union. His campus host, Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, is promoting the lecture. He offers a sneak preview of Brookhiser’s talk on Lincoln and the Founders by sharing a link to his own Daily Beast review of the author’s recent book, Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln.
Nationally renowned historian and journalist Richard Brookhiser — senior editor of the National Review, a respected voice of the conservative movement and author of biographies of Washington, Hamilton and, now, Lincoln — will speak Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, in a free public lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Brookhiser’s topic is “Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln,” which is the title of his 2014 book delving into the extent to which Abraham Lincoln’s devotion to America’s founding principles informed his most decisive actions as president including the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union located on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The program opens the 2015-16 edition of the University’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Brookhiser’s visit coincides with the series’ 30th anniversary, the University’s celebration of 50 years since its founding, and the 150th anniversary year since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.
Brookhiser concedes that previous biographers have noted the 16th president’s stated admiration for America’s Revolutionary Era founders, but only in passing. He believes the connections deserve more attention as foundational to Lincoln’s greatness.
“Instead of being a Lincoln scholar looking back to the man’s roots,” Brookhiser recently told one interviewer, “I am the author of eight books on the founders looking ahead to their greatest heir, and so I see those connections more clearly.”
Brookhiser began writing for William F. Buckley’s National Review in 1970, at the age of 15 (a piece about antiwar protests at his high school). After earning his bachelor’s degree from Yale he turned down acceptance to that university’s law school to join the staff full-time in 1977. For a short time he wrote speeches for Vice President George H.W. Bush during the Reagan administration, before returning to journalism. His columns have appeared in The New York Observer, Time, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among others.
As a noted historian, Brookhiser has been a frequent guest on national television programs including PBS’ “Bill Moyers Journal” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” In 2009 he was featured on Moyers’ show alongside UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, a fellow historian and student of the Founding Fathers, and a nationally known biographer of Thomas Paine. Kaye invited Brookhiser to guest lecture at UW-Green Bay, an invitation that resulted in the latter’s October 2012 presentation on James Madison.
An award-winning professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and well-connected nationally with prominent historians and political analysts, Kaye founded the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series in 1985 as a way to get his students and others up close with leading thinkers in their fields.
The first speaker was historian Christopher Hill of Oxford University. In subsequent years, renowned British labor historians including Victor Kiernan and Dorothy and E.P. Thompson visited Green Bay. Notables including Frances Fox Piven, Cass Sunstein and national columnists both liberal and conservative —E.J. Dionne, Brookhiser, Michael Novak, Joe Conason, Eric Alterman and John Nichols, among others — have made appearances, as well. Kaye says the promise of a weekend in Green Bay, perhaps a trip to Lambeau Field or Door County, a home-cooked meal or two (many of the guests stay at the Kaye family residence) and a chance to take the pulse of Midwestern students and others on issues of the day are draws for the visitors.
Six professors from across the University who have participated in the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program will talk about their work at a gathering next Wednesday (Sept. 23). They’ll be present to discuss their SoTL projects (exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and ways to enhance undergraduate education) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in MAC Hall 201 (the Gathering Room). “Please stop by to talk with the scholars about their projects and celebrate their hard work.”
The six Teaching Scholars are:
- Tohoro Akakpo, Social Work
- JP Leary, First Nations Studies
- Eric Morgan, Democracy and Justice Studies
- Sawa Senzaki, Human Development
- Jon Shelton, Democracy and Justice Studies
- Aaron Weinschenk, Public and Environmental Affairs
UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, Democracy and Justice Studies, appeared on The Majority Report earlier this week. The show is a daily internet political talk program hosted by Sam Seder. Kaye talked about FDR, “The Four Freedoms” and more. To access the podcast.
UW-Green Bay Prof. of Democracy and Justice Studies Harvey J. Kaye has been busy lately, with online essays and a series of broadcast interviews, including:
— A piece in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
— A Lesson in American History with Professor Harvey J. Kaye on KKRN radio
UW-Green Bay Prof. of Democracy and Justice Studies Harvey J. Kaye is quoted at length in a story headlined “Battle for Living Wage, Economic Equality,” published online at the independent National Catholic Reporter news site. While much publicity has attended moves by some cities to raise the local minimum wage, Kaye notes the movement faces an uphill fight elsewhere. “Will the Fight for 15 put the question of inequality forward all the more aggressively? I don’t know. I don’t see it happening,” Kaye said. He added, “Imagine if labor had embraced the Occupy Wall Street question [about inequality] in a significant fashion, and if the Democratic Party, instead of paying lip service, had really addressed it.”
Prof. Harvey Kaye continues his busy schedule of progressive talk show appearances. He’ll talk “American Social Democracy” as a phone-in guest of a New Hampshire radio station at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday the 9th. Also, he’ll begin a standing 30-minute, biweekly gig on the national Nicole Sandler internet radio show, starting at 10:30 a.m. CDT Thursday the 9th.
Andrew Austin, an associate professor and chair of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay, is quoted at the end of an International Business Times article about Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to move academic tenure from state statutes to Board of Regents control. Headlined “Scott Walker Tenure Controversy,” the article quotes a range of observers including faculty members worried about new language that would allow for the release of tenured professors when it is “deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance, curtailment, modification or redirection.” Austin’s quote: “Tenure protections set in law tell the rest of the country that Wisconsin is committed to upholding academic freedom and sees tenure as a crucial asset in attracting the best professionals around the world and keeping them here in Wisconsin. Why shouldn’t we be a model for the nation? The state is already losing some of its finest faculty, which means an exodus of research moneys from the state. It will lose a great deal more if tenure protections are removed or weakened. If economic and social developments are valuable things to Wisconsinites, then retention of strong tenure language is essential.” To read the full article.
Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies has a lengthy piece — part essay, part book review — published at the Daily Beast website. It references the popularity of “Founders Chic” as politicians left and right continue to appropriate the stories of America’s founders to rally support to their side. Kaye notes that three new books reach back to Revolutionary War Era figures to draw conclusions about America. The books, by history professors Andrew Burstein of Louisiana State University, David Sehat of Georgia State University, and Andrew Schocket of Bowling Green State University look critically at our fascination both past and present for the Founders.
Two of UW-Green Bay’s most prominent and honored professors are the authors of separate essays published on this Independence Day weekend 2015.
Contributing to the Green Bay community’s dialog about the Confederate flag controversy playing out nationally, Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung of Human Development wrote a guest column for the July 3 print edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Headlined “Celebrate our freedoms, but don’t forget about respect,” the piece celebrates American freedom of expression but reminds us that a populous and pluralistic society derives value when individuals appreciate why some expressions are considered incendiary. The piece is archived here.
Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, who speaks and writes nationally from a progressive perspective, has contributed the column “Social Democracy is 100% American” to the Moyers & Company political website. In it, Kaye criticizes some supporters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for trying to marginalize the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Responding to an interview in which a Clinton surrogate described Sanders as “extreme,” Kaye argues that social democracy has long been mainstream in American life. Whether public education, national parks, Social Security and more, from Thomas Paine right up through FDR and on to, yes, Sanders, it’s a fundamentally American tradition, Kaye argues. See http://billmoyers.com/2015/07/03/social-democracy-is-100-american/