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“Our Brave New World” Victor Davis Hanson Hillsdale Academy Commencement Address May 31, 2009
Hillsdale Academy is a model K-12 school operated by Hillsdale College. In an address to its graduating class of 2009, Victor Davis Hanson encourages the graduates to rely on the moral lessons learned in their families and in their classrooms for guidance and stability in an uncertain world. At a time when once invincible corporate giants are disappearing, when government disdains constitutional limits, and when political leaders often seem more comfortable apologizing for America than defending its interests abroad, Dr. Hanson exhorts the class to remember and honor the sacrifices of previous generations that made possible America’s unprecedented freedom and prosperity. Finally, he urges the graduates to take what they have learned into a world that needs the application of moral knowledge today as much as ever.
About the speaker:
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, Fresno. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University. He is a columnist for National Review Online and for Tribune Media Services, and has published in several journals and newspapers, including Commentary, the Claremont Review of Books, The New Criterion, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Hanson has written or edited numerous books, including The Soul of Battle, Carnage and Culture, and A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War.