Published on: July 15th, 2019

Hillsdale College Hosts Discussion with Author Wilfred M. McClay

Author and historian will discuss new book as part of Kirby Center’s AWC Lecture Series
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On Wednesday, July 17, Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship will host a lecture from author and historian Wilfred M. McClay as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture series. McClay’s lecture will focus on his new book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, which explores the events, circumstances, and people that shaped the American nation as we know it.

The lecture is free and open to the media, but space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to register by visiting the event’s ticketing site.

Wednesday, July 17
6 p.m. ET – Doors open
6:30 p.m. ET – Program begins

Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
227 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Wilfred M. McClay is an American historian and an award-winning author. He currently serves as the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. McClay is the author of several books, including Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, A Student’s Guide to U.S. History, and The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, which won the Merie Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for best book in American intellectual history.

McClay has held positions as senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, senior fellow at The Trinity Forum, and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Templeton Honor Rolls, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, National Academy of Education Fellowship, and Howard Foundation Fellowship. He received his B.A. from St. John’s College and his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit