I'm happy to announce that Wilfred McClay is the first person scheduled as a speaker for next year's LeRoy Martin Distinguished Lecture Series.
Since 1999 Dr. McClay has held the Sun Trust Chair of Excellence in Humanities at UTC, and has had a long history of distinguished scholarship and teaching. He has taught at Georgetown, Tulane, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Dallas. He is currently a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., and member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program at Princeton University. In 2002, he was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. McClay also serves on the editorial boards of First Things, The Wilson Quarterly, Touchstone, Historically Speaking, Fides et Historia, and University Bookman.
His book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (UNC Press, 1994) won the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. He has also written The Student's Guide to U.S. History (ISI Books, 2001), edited Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America (Woodrow Wilson Center/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) and Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (Eerdmans, 2007).
McLay is currently working on a book-length project on guilt and history. It is this topic that he will be speaking on at UTC, sometime in October or November in the fall of 2013. Having heard him speak once on this subject, I look forward to hearing his formal presentation in the fall, followed by Q & A from the audience.
I am currently finalizing a second speaker for the 2013-14 academic schedule. Stay tuned for that announcement.