We the People: Bill McClay & Peter Wood on 1620 as America’s Founding

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Bradley Foundation: We the People with Wilfred McClay and Peter Wood


Board member and faculty partner Wilfred McClay and Peter Wood recently appeared on the Bradley Foundation’s series We the People to discuss why 1620 should be the year of America’s founding, how the Founders accounted for human nature in the Constitution, and why history is an important guide during tumultuous times:

Listen to We the People: Season 2, Episode 7 – Bill McClay & Peter Wood from Ben Hannemann on Vimeo >>



Wilfred McClayWilfred M. McClay is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests focus on the intellectual and cultural history of the United States, with particular attention to the social and political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of American religious thought and institutions, and the theory and practice of biographical writing. A recipient of many teaching awards and honors, he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education. Professor McClay previously served on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent book is Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. He is also the author of The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, which won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history, and The Student’s Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past and Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America.

Professor McClay is a JMC board member.

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Peter W. Wood is the President of the National Association of Scholars. Dr. Wood was previously a tenured member of the Anthropology Department at Boston University, where he also held a variety of administrative positions, including associate provost and president’s chief of staff. He also oversaw the university’s scholarly publications and served as acting university librarian. Dr. Wood is the author of A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2007) and of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) which won the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education from the John Locke Foundation. These books extend his anthropological interest in examining emergent themes in modern American culture. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Wood has published several hundred articles in print and online journals, such as Partisan Review and National Review Online, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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We the People is a series of videos from the Bradley Foundation that features insights and ideas from Bradley Foundation Grant Recipients committed to addressing challenges in their communities and throughout the country.

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