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Steve Balch

Chairman, National Association of Scholars

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Scholar and Academic Citizen

Dec 16, 2015 by Steve Balch |

Founding NAS President Stephen H. Balch writes an appreciation of Stanley Rothman's career and life as a doughty battler against the modern deformation of the academy.

Jacques Barzun Remembered

Oct 31, 2012 by Steve Balch |

NAS founder Steve Balch remembers legendary scholar of Western civilization Jacques Barzun, who died at age 104.

How the West Was Won

Jun 04, 2012 by Steve Balch |

Steve Balch reviews two new books on Western civilization, finding one world-weary and the other more constructive.

A Crisis of Competence: Update, Comment, and Criticism

May 21, 2012 by Steve Balch |

NAS chairman Steve Balch answers responses to the new report by the California Association of Scholars on politicization in the University of California.

Under Eastern Eyes

May 14, 2012 by Steve Balch |

This review of Ibn Warraq's new book Why the West Is Best, which makes a case for the greatness of Western values, appears in the summer 2012 issue of Academic Questions (volume 25, number 2).

Norman Fruman and Academe’s Greatest Generation

Apr 20, 2012 by Steve Balch |

We've lost another stalwart.  Norman Fruman, former Minnesota affiliate head and an NAS director since 1996, has died at the age of 88.  Steve Balch misses this member of the greatest generation.

Ed Rauchut Remembered

Apr 16, 2012 by Steve Balch |

NAS remembers Ed Rauchut: memorable teacher, productive scholar, academic entrepreneur, devoted father, and absolutely genuine man.


Mar 30, 2012 by Steve Balch |

NAS board chairman Steve Balch argues that American students must study Western civilization to understand the epochal way in which it has transformed the human condition. This article appeared in the spring 2012 "Why Study the…

Irving Louis Horowitz: A Force of Nature

Mar 23, 2012 by Steve Balch |

Irving Louis Horowitz, who for decades was publisher, advisor, and contributor to Academic Questions died on March 21st. NAS chairman Steve Balch remembers him.  

A Tribute to James Q. Wilson

Mar 02, 2012 by Steve Balch |

The NAS mourns the passing of James Q. Wilson, its friend, long-time advisor, and monumental figure in American social science.

Nowhere But the West

Jan 12, 2012 by Steve Balch |

Steve Balch reviews The Uniqueness of Western Civilization by Ricardo Duchesne. This review appears in the winter 2011 issue of Academic Questions, volume 24, number 4.

Some Critical Thinking for 2012

Jan 09, 2012 by Steve Balch |

What can higher education do to help equip Americans for informed citizenship?

Out and About: Steve Balch in Italy and at Carthage College

Nov 22, 2011 by Steve Balch |

This month NAS chairman Steve Balch discussed the future of the humanities at a symposium in Italy and spoke about the study of Western civilization at Carthage College.

Metamorphosis, or Why We Should Study the West

Jun 20, 2011 by Steve Balch |

NAS board chairman Steve Balch argues that generations detached from their culture's legacy will be less likely to defend it now, or in the future.

The Vanishing West: 1964-2010

May 18, 2011 by Ashley Thorne, Glenn Ricketts, Peter Wood, Steve Balch |

A report on the disappearance of Western Civilization from the American undergraduate curriculum.

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