Monday, January 12, 2015

National Review editor to speak at launch of ASU center

Posted: December 31, 2014
Richard Lowry
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, is an esteemed conservative columnist and commentator.
Photo by: HarperCollins Publishers
January 22, 2015 
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Many consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest American president to date. Revered across the political spectrum, Lincoln believed in a small but active government in a nation defined by aspiration. He embraced the market and the amazing transportation and communications revolutions beginning to take hold. He helped give birth to the modern industrial economy.
Lincoln’s vision of an upwardly mobile society that rewards and supports individual striving was wondrously realized. Now, it is under threat.
To meet these challenges, Rich Lowry, the New York Times bestselling author and editor of National Review, draws us back to the lessons of Lincoln both in his book “Lincoln Unbound”* and in a public lecture at Arizona State University titled “Abraham Lincoln and the American Idea.”
"It is imperative," Lowry argues, "to preserve a fluid economy that makes it possible for individuals to thrive and live the American dream."
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 22, at Old Main, Carson Ballroom, on ASU's Tempe campus, this public lecture at ASU is in celebration of the launch of the new Center for Political Thought and Leadership. 
The center will provide research and training for the next generation of local and national leaders on the foundational principles of good government, civic involvement, free markets and political liberty.
“Professor (Donald T.) Critchlow is the ideal person to lead this new center forward, and his distinguished background in political thought and research will bring great perspective and value to the center at a time of continued political deadlock and precipitous decline in civic literacy in the United States,” said ASU President Michael Crow.
In addition to undergraduate education, Critchlow says the center will seek to engage the larger community outside the university: “Participation from many internal and external partners will encourage community involvement, create a network to foster students’ careers and provide a path for scholars to speak to the larger world.”
“It is important that the center is embedded in the community and becomes a recognized and trusted voice in the debate surrounding political thought and leadership,” he added.
Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997. He has written for Politico, Time magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel and often appears on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. His book, "Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years," was a New York Times bestseller.
This event is co-sponsored with National Review Institute, which was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1991 as the 501(c)3 educational sister organization to National Review magazine. 
Parking for the event is available for a fee in the ASU Fulton Center Parking Structure at the interseciton of University and College avenues. 
The Center for Political Thought and Leadership is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
*Description of “Lincoln Unbound” courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers. 
Roxane Barwick,
Center for Political Thought & Leadership

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