The Lost History of Western Civilization

National Association of Scholars


Join the National Association of Scholars and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy on January 24th for 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 Center, 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.

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.


1:00 pm — Doors open for check-in

1:20 pm — Opening Remarks: Pete Peterson, Dean, Pepperdine School of Public Policy and Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars

1:40 pm — The Lost History of Western Civ: Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center (followed by Q&A)

2:40 pm — Panel 

Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University;
Susan Hanssen, Chair Department of History, University of Dallas
Mark Bauerlein, Senior Editor, First Things


3:20 pm — Break

3:45 pm — Keynote Address: Wilfred McClay, Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy Pepperdine School of Public Policy

4:10 pm — Closing and Reception

Speakers and Panelists

Speakers and panelists include the Braun Family Dean’s Chair at Pepperdine School of Public Policy, Pete Peterson; Senior Fellow of the Ethics & Public Policy Center, Stanley Kurtz; Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University, and Professor of History Emeritus, UCLA, Daniel Walker Howe; Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Dallas, Susan Hanssen; and Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, Wilfred McClay; Professor of English at Emory University and Senior Editor of First Things, Mark Bauerlein.

List of speakers


The half-day event will be hosted at the Wilburn Auditorium at Pepperdine University. 

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