The University Economics Club Lecture Series will welcome Dr. Charles Kesler as its next speaker at noon, Thursday, Dec. 13. The presentation will take place at River City, 1400 Main Street, Wheeling, and is open to the public.
Dr. Kesler will discuss his book, “I am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism.”
A native of Oak Hill, W.Va., Kesler is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.
Kesler’s wife Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, addressed the University Economics Club in November 2011, discussing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
Kesler also teaches in the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows Program and Lincoln Fellows Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies (1978) and his master and doctoral degrees in government (1985) from Harvard University.
From 1989 to 2008, Kesler was director of CMC’s Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World. From September 2000 to March 2001, he served as vice chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress’s James Madison Commemoration Commission. He was selected in June of 2000 as a member of The Scholars Commission on the Jefferson-Hemings Issue sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society.
Kesler is editor of “Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding” (Free Press, 1987), and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of “Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought” (HarperCollins, 1988). He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of “The Federalist Papers” (Signet Classics, 2003) is the best-selling edition in the country.
He contributes regularly to the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times and his articles on contemporary politics have also appeared in The Washington Times, Policy Review, National Review and The Weekly Standard, among other journals.
Founded in 2009, the BB&T Center for Economic Philosophy at West Liberty University seeks to engage faculty, students and the public in serious and sustained examination of the free market. In recent years BB&T’s charitable foundation awarded grants to dozens of colleges and universities to support teaching about capitalism. The University Economics Club is sponsored by the Center for Economic Philosophy and Dr. Erik Root, associate professor of political science, is chairman of the center.
For more information on this event or to RSVP for the lunch ($15), payable at the door, please call 304-336-8301.