The Lost History of Western Civilization



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.

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.

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; Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA and Historian at-large, 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.

Speakers Photos


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

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