The DNA of Greatness

KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

July 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians … More>

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A Decent Respect: Renewing the Spirit of ‘76

July 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, … More>

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Correcting history: How Vietnam Vets were embraced

July 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there … More>

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STREAMING AUDIO – Dr. Paul Kengor on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly

June 16, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In case you missed it, last month, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—was the featured guest on Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly.  During the show, Kengor talks about what … More>

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Daddy, daddy, are you OK?

June 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home setting. I was being … More>

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Hats off to all the fathers who are men

June 11, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s core principles and what they may look like today: Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

June 5, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this Q&A was first published in the Values & Capitalism Blog of the American Enterprise Institute.

V&C:  How did you decide upon these 11 qualities to encapsulate what it means to be a … More>

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As Putin’s confidence grows, Cold War concerns gain credibility

June 4, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Concerns about reigniting a Cold War gain credibility as Russian President Putin continues his militarism in Ukraine and draws his country into the ongoing crisis in Egypt. Thus, it is time to … More>

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AUDIO – V&V executive director guest hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show

June 2, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Law

In case you missed it, this past weekend, the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—filled in as guest host of the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio program.  During the show, … More>

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The Five Bailey Brothers of World War II

May 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pa. It’s pure Americana: flags, kids, the snow-cone stand, marching bands, local clubs and rotaries, and veterans of wars past processing down the street.

Every year, one … More>

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The ultimate sacrifice: Remembering American heroes

May 21, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Last year on Memorial Day, my wife, daughter and I were touring Cambridge, England. We took a bus ride three miles out of the city to the U.S. military cemetery there–one of 25 American burial grounds administered by the … More>

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America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

May 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help … More>

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Remembering Gary Becker: A great economist

May 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Dr. Gary Becker, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992, died Saturday at the age of 83. I was privileged to be a student of Gary Becker at the University of Chicago in the 1980s. He is well … More>

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TheBlaze Q&A: An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

April 23, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

What do you most hope that readers take away from your book?

Kengor: I want Republicans and conservatives to understand the difference between conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. As … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Faith, Family & Federated

April 21, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

What’s it like to manage $350 billion, including a quarter-trillion in money market funds that countless people depend upon on a daily basis … especially during a financial crisis? It’s a huge responsibility that requires a high degree of financial … More>

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The might and majesty of the risen Savior

April 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior.

Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever … More>

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Forgiveness Incarnate

April 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.

Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, … More>

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The politics of St. Paul

April 8, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject…” (v. 5); “…pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6).

St. Paul seems to be saying … More>

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A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

March 26, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive onslaught. A confident Democratic Party in the White House, undermining the nation, its economy, and its foreign … More>

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Ronald Reagan’s City of God

March 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Paul Kengor’s new book 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Among the principles is faith. A version of this article first appeared at RealClearReligion.org.

Conservatives constantly talk of freedom.

Freedom. Freedom. More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Eighth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

March 6, 2014 | by | Topic: Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture Series, Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

In the Eighth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture—“Reaganomics and the World: Then and Today”—best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Paul Kengor—interviews two special guests (Art Laffer, champion … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

March 5, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. The event … More>

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Obama should study the history of Reaganomics

March 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Last Tuesday, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its eighth Ronald Reagan Lecture, a much-anticipated annual event. This year featured Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. … More>

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Ronald Reagan on Religious Tolerance

February 17, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

February is the month that we recognize our presidents. It has also become the month that Republicans remember Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s birthday is February 6, the forerunner to … More>

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Shirley Temple’s America

February 13, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I learned only yesterday that Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died earlier this week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately … More>

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Government’s role in charity: A response and an invitation to further dialogue

January 24, 2014 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: On Dec. 23, 2013, Dr. Mark Hendrickson wrote an op-ed titled, “One of the most powerful Christmas lessons.” A reader of the Stewartville STAR (Minn.) responded with a letter-to-the-editor making the following arguments:

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AUDIO – What is a Reagan Conservative?

January 20, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

In case you missed it, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, talks with WORLD News Group’s Warren Cole Smith. In this short radio interview, Kengor and Smith discuss what it … More>

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Obamacare’s unsung hero

January 16, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Law

Republicans stood in a long line to excoriate Chief Justice John Roberts for voting to uphold Obamacare in 2012, while Democrats praised him. Today, both parties should thank him for being a “Profile in Courage.”

Looking back over the past … More>

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Searching for a libertarian Jesus

January 14, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Albert Schweitzer once commented that many scholars who had searched for the historical Jesus had, in a sense, looked down into a well and seen themselves. In searching for a Christian rationale for their ideal minimalist state, some religious libertarians appear … More>

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Alone Again?

January 9, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, “Alone again.” He was a man of strong faith, and he was not questioning the presence … More>

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Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

January 7, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln and Civil Liberties in War: Rating the Presidents

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part two of the series, Dr. Mark Neely discusses Lincoln and civil … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – Lincoln’s Statemanship: A New Birth of Freedom

January 3, 2014 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Center for Vision & Values co-sponsored a two-part lecture series held at Grove City College. In part one of the series, Dr. Joseph Fornieri discusses Lincoln’s statesmanship. Fornieri, … More>

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One of the most powerful Christmas lessons

December 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace.

The impact of this one special life … More>

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Pope Francis: Espousing a Peronist rather than a Marxist Liberation Theology?

December 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popular in my native Argentina. Even the elite Catholic high schools were using the Latin American Bible … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO – 50 Years Later: JFK Remembered

November 26, 2013 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

2013 J. Howard Pew Memorial Lecture
Richard G. Jewell ’67, J.D.
President, Grove City College
November 21, 2013

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell ’67 offered his take … More>

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Who Killed the Kennedys? Ronald Reagan’s Answer

November 22, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of the shooting of John F. Kennedy but also the 45th anniversary of the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy, which … More>

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Patton, Ike, and my teenage boys

November 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival More>

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President Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

November 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, … More>

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Richard Larry, friend of liberty

October 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: Dr. John A. Sparks is the retired Dean of the Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College. He is one of the co-founders of The Center for Vision & Values and worked regularly with Dick More>

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Remembering John Sullivan, old school, class act

October 9, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

America has lost a class act—pure old school, a gentleman, the kind of old-time conservative intellectual the movement once had in spades. He was also a longtime good friend of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, … More>

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What ‘The Butler’ gets wrong about Ronald Reagan and race

September 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

By Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner

Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner are Ronald Reagan historians.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post.

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Be not afraid: Bill Clark & the Divine Plan

August 29, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The following is an interview between National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez and Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, concerning the recent death of Judge Bill Clark, longtime close friend and adviser to Ronald Reagan. … More>

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Bill Clark, a great man remembered

August 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Thinker.

If you were to list the Americans most critical in facilitating the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name of Bill Clark, or “Judge Clark,” might not be … More>

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Bill Clark’s divine plan – A memorial to Ronald Reagan’s top hand

August 12, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

The most important adviser to President Ronald Reagan in his takedown of the Soviet empire has died at the age of 81. His name was William P. “Bill” Clark, … More>

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Because faith and freedom matter

June 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: As one of his final works of service to his alma mater before retiring, Dr. John Sparks delivered the 2013 Grove City College commencement address, “Because Faith and Freedom Matter,” on May 18. You can watch Dr. More>

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V&V Flashback—Remembering the Significance of D-Day

June 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This piece first ran on our site on May 30, 2012.

At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, … More>

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Constantly with us all: A Memorial Day Remembrance

May 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pennsylvania. It’s terrific—total old-school. The flags, the courthouse, the kids, the snow-cone stand, the marching bands, and, … More>

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Remembering Cold Warrior Herb Romerstein

May 10, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The American Spectator.

Every human life is special, unique, unrepeatable — to borrow from Pope John Paul II. Every loss of life is a loss. Some losses, however, seem larger, leaving a void … More>

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My inheritance

May 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, “You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility.” My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to live her … More>

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Happy Birthday to a Great President

April 25, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger’s thorough biographies of … More>

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Well Done, Lady Thatcher … The Passing of the Iron Lady

April 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87.

I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald More>

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True Happiness

March 26, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: “All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Great literature causes us to think and ponder; … More>

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A Nostalgic New Year’s Look at the ’50s

January 2, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m feeling nostalgic this year. I’ve been … More>

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It’s the Holiday Season—Without Andy Williams

November 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM … More>

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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

November 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at USAToday.com.

Dear Mitt,

I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In the midst of the disappointment that I share with you, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Job Advice for College Students in Tough Times!

October 31, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Battle for the Mind, The DNA of Greatness

Fifty percent of college students today are either unemployed or underemployed. Dr. Jim Thrasher, the director of Grove City College’s top-ranked career services office and coordinator of The Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, gives some … More>

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Alex Karras, RIP

October 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on October 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the stepdad of “Webster.”… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Faith, Freedom and the Entrepreneur

October 10, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Dr. Craig Columbus (executive director of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation) joins Dr. Paul Kengor (executive director of The Center for Vision & Values) and Glen Meakem (a successful venture capitalist and radio talk-show host) … More>

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Remembering Gene Kelly

August 15, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Persuaders

This August 23, 2012 marks the centennial of the birth of Gene Kelly, the great American dancer, actor, singer; a guy’s guy who—along with Fred Astaire—is the only male who ever left me (momentarily) wishing I could dance.

I’ve always … More>

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Founders’ Faith: None of the Above

July 9, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

A book review of Gregg L. Frazer’s “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution,” written exclusively for The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal’s University Bookman.

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A Dad Like Jack: The Influence of Ronald Reagan’s Father

June 13, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find something nice about dads—often heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a doctor or Marine who stormed the beaches of Normandy, there is … More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America”

June 12, 2012 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

“It is morning in America. Good morning, welcome back. I’ve had a zillion talks and lectures around the country and had a lot of fun—always enjoyed them. I never had as enjoyable an evening as I had at Grove City. … More>

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The Flags at the Cemetery

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Like many Americans, Memorial Day never ceases to move me. Rivaled only by Christmas and Easter, it’s the most poignant time of the year for me, maybe because, like Christmas and Easter, it’s about life, death, and remembrance.

This Memorial … More>

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Mitt and Me: Romney at Cranbrook—a Personal Glimpse

May 22, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com

What interesting timing. I had recently planned a column on my observations about Mitt Romney at Cranbrook. Why? Not because of anything in the news related to Cranbrook—at … More>

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Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

April 30, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II. However, consider an alternate scenario: Adolf Hitler appears triumphantly before the Reichstag announcing the destruction … More>

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Bumper Sticker History: Remembering Some Truly Audacious Military Operations

March 26, 2012 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors … More>

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Patrick Henry, Patriot

January 20, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American … More>

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Sports, Concussions, and Contemporary American Culture

January 12, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

If you follow professional sports, and especially if you are a football or hockey fan, you undoubtedly are aware of the rash of concussions that have rendered players unfit to play. Now there’s a rash of lawsuits being filed against More>

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Occupying True North in 2012: The Year of the Entrepreneur

January 11, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

This is the time of year when 2012 prediction lists abound. I am struck by how many lists have included some reference to a surge in American entrepreneurship during the next year. Entrepreneurs are clearly being counted upon to act … More>

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Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

January 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled … More>

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On Hitchens, Havel, and Kim—and Totalitarianism

December 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

They say that famous people die in groups of three.

I recently heard the news of the death of Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s best-known atheists and polemicists. … More>

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On Vaclav Havel—and Chris Hitchens

December 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator today.

Vaclav Havel is dead. Among other forces and powers, he is among the seven individuals most responsible for peacefully ending the Cold War; the great liberators who brought freedom … More>

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Barry and the Babe

December 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Barry Bonds’ Dec. 16 sentencing for obstruction of justice is an anticlimactic addendum to a sterling, though marred, baseball career.

Without a doubt, Bonds was a great hitter who didn’t need performance-enhancing drugs to put up Hall of Fame numbers. … More>

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Goodbye, America: More Recollections of Deer Seasons Past

December 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Last week I wrote an article on Deer Season a half century ago, focusing on my grandmother’s town in the mountains of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Each year, my grandmother and other households opened their doors and kitchens and beds to perfect … More>

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When Clarence Thomas Came for a Visit

November 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Law

On Tuesday, November 15, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Grove City College. I had a choice to make—whether to meet him or attend to the tons of work I had to finish before several looming deadlines.

I don’t … More>

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Deer Season a Half Century Ago

November 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This week hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

My mother’s family lived in Emporium, Pennsylvania, as did dozens … More>

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How Will You Mark Thanksgiving?

November 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

How will you spend your Thanksgiving Day this year? Sleep in because you have extra days off? Settle down to watch football? Pull up a chair at four o’clock to eat a huge feast? Make plans for Black Friday, plotting … More>

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Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

November 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived.

It’s the … More>

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“Nothing Dramatic”—Karl Blake’s War Story

November 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

“It was nothing dramatic,” says Dr. Karl E. Blake of Wexford, Pennsylvania, retired surgeon and member of the World War II generation, “but it was important, and no one has written about it, at least that I’ve seen.”

I got … More>

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No Regrets: Frank Kravetz’s Story

November 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“Just existing became what was important,” says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz of Pittsburgh, captive of the “hell-hole” that was Nuremberg Prison Camp. “Yet even as I struggled … More>

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The Judge vs. the Dictator: Bill Clark Survives Moammar Kaddafi

October 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for CatholicVote.org.

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Remembering Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

October 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

As an entrepreneurship educator, studying the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has been one of the great pleasures of the profession. At times, it even feels like an indulgence given the difficulty future technology leaders will surely … More>

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God’s Call? On Gov. Christie, Ronald Reagan, and Woodrow Wilson

September 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being urged to seek the Republican presidential nomination. There is a genuine groundswell for Christie.

Asked this week at the Reagan Library whether he will enter the race, Christie gave a very interesting answer. … More>

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Kaline, Colavito & Cash: The Boys of October—and Other Baseball Memories

September 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.”
—Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones), Field of Dreams

For over 100 years, baseball has been a cultural reference point for millions of Americans. Just as certain songs … More>

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The Significance of Congressman Allen West

July 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Amidst the rhetorical pyrotechnics surrounding July’s debt-ceiling debates, another controversy streaked across the sky like a comet, flared for an instant, then receded into the maelstrom of ongoing partisan attacks. The shooting star in question involved an exchange between two … More>

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The Secret Memo That Predicted the Soviet Collapse

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review Online.

It was 20 years ago this summer that the final disintegration of the Soviet Union rapidly unfolded. In June 1991, Boris Yeltsin was freely elected president of the Russian Republic, … More>

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Could You Survive Another Great Depression?

July 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

I just read two very interesting articles on the U.S. economy, written from historical perspectives. They compelled me to share my own historical perspective. And what I want to say is more about our changing culture than our economy.

One … More>

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A Patriot’s Independence Day Thoughts

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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This Fourth of July: Confirm Thy Soul in Self-Control

June 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I encourage you to set aside the burgers and dogs and soda and beer for a moment this Fourth of July and contemplate something decidedly different, maybe even as you gaze upward at the flash of fireworks. Here it is: … More>

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My Congressman’s Tough Job

June 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Being a congressman can be a great job. It can be attractive for someone who relishes the ersatz virtue of playing Santa Claus with other people’s money, who finds a year-round routine of fund-raising social events enjoyable, and who covets … More>

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Fabius, Father, and Leadership

June 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Wanted: A Leader With Courage

May 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Spring Contrasts: Madison, Wisconsin vs. Tuscaloosa, Joplin, and the Mighty Mississippi

May 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Madison, Wisconsin’s winter follies relinquished their national attention to Tuscaloosa’s tornado in April, events along the Mississippi in May, and finally to the most recent twister in Joplin, Missouri, where genuine suffering puts into perspective tenured teachers who are learning … More>

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Reagan at Notre Dame: A Call to Transcendence and Duty

May 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for National Review Online.

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Young Bill and the Navy SEALs

May 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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A Report from Tuscaloosa’s Ground Zero

May 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

The Warrior River borders the University of Alabama campus, separating old Tuscaloosa from up-scale housing developments to the north. Tuscaloosans know a “north of the river” address connotes six-figure incomes. The schools, public and private, are excellent. It’s the country … More>

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The Signing of Jackie Robinson: How Faith Helped Racial Healing

April 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com.

For many Americans, April 15 marked Tax Day. But it also marked an event much more redeeming. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. The … More>

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Handling the Truth and Scott Walker

February 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Persuaders

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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“Jeopardy!” Champions: Humans Are Still the Masters

February 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I have been using computers since 1982 and still recall a simple artificial intelligence program that ran on my Commodore 64. I was mindful of that this week as I watched IBM’s computer—named “Watson”—compete on “Jeopardy!” against two human “Jeopardy!” … More>

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“I Probably Wouldn’t Be Here”—A Conversation with Sergeant Styka

November 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I recently sat down with Emil Styka of Boardman, Ohio. A friend of Emil’s, Jo Ann Bryan, had emailed in response to an article I wrote on a remarkable World War II campaign at the Aleutian Islands, off the Alaskan … More>

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Streaming Audio: “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”

October 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

To listen to the streaming audio of this lecture, please click on the link below:

“Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich”More>

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V&V PAPER — The Inspiration of the Declaration: President Calvin Coolidge

October 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, White Papers

To view or download the PDF of this paper, please click on the link below:

“The Inspiration of the Declaration: President Calvin Coolidge”

 

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Where Have You Gone, Ludwig von Mises? Considering Mises: “The Last Knight of Liberalism”

September 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Washington’s stunning economic power grabs—healthcare centralization, Keynesian fiscal stimulus, and Federal Reserve bailouts—are creating an unintended consequence: an increasing demand for freedom literature. Exhibit A would have to be F.A. Hayek’s 66-year-old Road to Serfdom’s recently hitting number one for … More>

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John Hancock: A Neglected American Hero

July 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, our attention will once again turn to such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. However, another founder who made substantial contributions to American independence, … More>

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In Memoriam: The Beichman Library Closes

March 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator. Some 2,000 years ago, the great Ancient Library in Alexandria, Egypt burnt to the ground, taking with it a vast reservoir of irreplaceable information, subsequently … More>

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In Memoriam: Al Haig’s Charge

February 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator, February 22, 2010. Alexander Haig passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. A military man, a war veteran, no less than a four-star general, a chief … More>

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Reagan and Joe

February 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review, February 6, 2010. This February 6 marks the 99thanniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding “Reagan Day” dinners, as they’ve … More>

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Norman Borlaug: An American Hero

December 29, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared with theMackinac Center. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly cited.

Called “arguably the greatest American in … More>

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Remembering “The Honz”

December 17, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I was saddened to learn about the death of Fred Honsberger, a Pittsburgh institution who pioneered conservative talk-radio at KDKA-AM, and who was the local forerunner to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the other horses in the conservative stable who … More>

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Who Was Nels Konnerup?

November 18, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

America honors its deceased presidents, its fallen troops, its late senators, and even its musicians and movie stars. But what about its veterinarians’

Well, there’s one veterinarian who deserves pause for recognition. His name was Nels Konnerup. He recently passed … More>

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Ludwig von Mises: Economist for the Ages

October 7, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

It seems that when an economy goes bad, the temptation for intellectuals to go and do likewise is too much for them to resist. Public thinkers across the spectrum, from Paul Krugman to Richard Posner, are now calling for a … More>

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“The Politics of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

September 28, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

On September 28, 2009, Dr. John J. Fry—chair of the history department at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL—will be speaking in the Sticht Lecture Hall of the Hall of Arts and Letters on the Grove City College campus. … More>

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V&V Q&A: The Politics of Laura Ingalls Wilder

September 23, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Charles Wiley Lecture: “Modern Youth in a Time of Economic Crisis”

March 31, 2009 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Charles Wiley of Accuracy In Media will be speaking at Grove City College at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 31 in the PEW Recital Hall, on the topic “Modern Youth in a Time of Economic Crisis.”

Says the speaker-rating site … More>

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Listening to Frankenstein

October 30, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

At this very time of year, on a dreary night, and during a lightning storm, Victor Frankenstein first gave life to his hideous creation in Mary Shelley’s tragic novel. And so was born both the connection between Halloween and Frankenstein … More>

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Olympic Anecdotes

August 5, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

After lying dormant for more than 22 centuries, the modern Olympic Games were launched in 1896. Held in Athens (of course!), the first modern Olympiad attracted the largest crowd ever to have assembled for a sporting event. The athletes were … More>

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John Templeton, R.I.P.

July 16, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Sir John Marks Templeton passed from this world on July 8. In an extraordinary life of 95 years, John Templeton was one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, most successful investors, most generous philanthropists, and a tireless seeker for spiritual truth.… More>

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Tony Snow: Defender of the President and the Faith

July 14, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

The first time I encountered Tony Snow was through his columns for the Detroit News in the 1980s, when I was an undergraduate subscribing to a forgotten but quite good publication called Conservative Chronicle. His articles were like his … More>

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Easter with Mr. Buckley

March 25, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Like many people, I suppose, my bookshelves are filled with books I’ve purchased with plans to read someday, sometime … but not right now. A couple of weeks ago, I grabbed one of those books, bought almost 10 years ago, … More>

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Bill Buckley’s Defiance of Big History

March 5, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

One probably had to live through the times to better appreciate the real significance of William F. Buckley. A deserving plethora of encomia—wouldn’t he use a word like this?—currently suffuses conservative media outlets, cataloguing the great man’s kindness, humility, extraordinary … More>

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William F. Buckley, Jr., RIP: A Tribute from Grove City College.

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

William F. Buckley, Jr.
(1925-2008)

Editor’s Note: One of the don’t-miss features in every new copy of National Review when it arrived at newsstands and in mailboxes was the latest William F. Buckley, Jr. “RIP” tribute to some national figure … More>

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William F. Buckely, Jr.—Yale and Higher Education

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

In 1951, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. issued one of the best-known challenges to higher education. In what became a conservative classic, God and Man at Yale, Buckley, then a recent Yale graduate, first called upon U.S. colleges … More>

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The Good Shepherd and Great Host of Modern American Conservatism

February 29, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

The one time I met William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008), the great figure of modern American conservatism, he was gracious and inviting. In 1991, he was the commencement speaker for my graduating class at Grove City College. My friends were … More>

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The Faith of George Washington

February 20, 2008 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

On July 9, 1755, the “most catastrophic” day in Anglo-American history, Colonel George Washington was traveling with General Edward Braddock’s army toward Fort Duquesne when they were ambushed by Indians and French hiding in the woods. In the ensuing massacre, … More>

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A Child’s Special Gift

December 20, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

It is a statement of the obvious—both trite and troublesome—to acknowledge that most children today generally receive more than they need at Christmas, especially compared to children of times past, and particularly in America. They know the joy of receiving … More>

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A Noted Life Exits the Stage: Jane Wyman, RIP

September 12, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Jane Wyman died on Monday at the age of 90, one of the few holdovers from Hollywood’s Golden Age. In the public’s eye, she is best known for her roster of celebrated films and, unfortunately, for her divorce to Ronald … More>

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Hans F. Sennholz, R.I.P.

July 23, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

The Pastor of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, James Seeley, who presided over the memorial service for Hans Sennholz on June 26, 2007 took note of his outstanding qualities. He was indeed a great teacher, having instructed … More>

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On Hans: A Compendium of Tributes to Dr. Hans F. Sennholz

July 10, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Dr. Hans F. Sennholz
Fellow, Economic Theory & Policy
February 3, 1922–June 23, 2007

www.Sennholz.com

Grove City College News Release

When I came to Grove City College as president in 1996, Hans Sennholz had long concluded his legendary teaching career. … More>

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The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

July 9, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

“What do we have here? A student from (a nearby college)?” bellowed the irritated and hugely popular and internationally-known economics professor in his thick German accent. A student in Dr. Hans Sennholz’s Grove City College economics class had not yet … More>

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Samuel Adams: The Indispensable Man

June 29, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate the 4th  of July with fireworks, parades, cookouts, and speeches, we should be grateful to our many forebears who risked their property, reputation, and lives to attain our independence. Some of them are well known and highly … More>

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Hans Sennholz—A Personal Remembrance

June 26, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I first heard a lecture by Dr. Hans F. Sennholz in 1962 as a freshman economics major in his Principles class at Grove City College. I had come to Grove City because of Dr. Sennholz having been intensely interested in … More>

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A Tribute to Hans F. Sennholz

June 25, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Guest Commentary

Great teachers leave lifelong impressions on the students they inspire. Their teachings become their students’ teachings, thereby spreading their influence in endless directions and across many generations. Hans F. Sennholz was such a man. The thousands who sat … More>

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Reflections on Hans F. Sennholz

June 24, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, economist par excellence, prolific author, dynamic lecturer, legendary Grove City College professor for 37 years, passed away on June 23 at age 85. How does one encapsulate such a long, productive, remarkable life? You may … More>

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John F. Kennedy: A Catholic in the White House

May 18, 2007 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

May 29 marks the 90th  anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. Kennedy was struck down by an assassin’s bullet in the prime of life, prompting national anguish. His vitality, idealism, powerful rhetoric, and charisma inspired many younger Americans to social … More>

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Boris Yeltsin and the Horror House

April 24, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died this week at age 76, on the heels of two decades of both extraordinary health problems and political achievements.

His presidency ran from June 1991 through December 31, 1999—almost the entirety of the 1990s, … More>

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Hating Rick

March 8, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Back in November, on the heels of the landslide defeat of Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) by Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr., I wrote an article recalling the first time I met Santorum. I intended the piece to be a personal … More>

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The Faith of Abraham Lincoln

February 1, 2007 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

The celebration of Presidents Day is a good occasion to reconsider a vital aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life: his faith. Like George Washington’s, Lincoln’s faith has been closely scrutinized, hotly debated and often misunderstood. Both men attributed their success in … More>

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The Rise and Fall of a Dictator

January 4, 2007 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

“I expect to die a violent death, with nothing but the tip of my pinky finger remaining behind.”
—Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein grew up barefoot in a mud hut in the town of Takrit, north of Baghdad on the Tigris … More>

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MILTON FRIEDMAN, 1912-2006

December 8, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Few American economists have wielded as much influence on economic thought and policy as the late Milton Friedman. He was an articulate and ardent advocate of free markets and personal liberty. In 1962, his CAPITAL AND FREEDOM, which continues … More>

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Will the Real George Washington Please Stand Up?

December 6, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Even before he died in December 1799, a battle began over the nature and significance of George Washington’s faith. Was the father of our country a deist, a Unitarian, a lukewarm Christian, or a fervent evangelical? Popular paintings depict Washington … More>

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Some Guy Named Santorum

November 8, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I will never forget the first time I heard of Rick Santorum. It was 1990 and I was a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was editorial page editor of the campus newspaper. I was approached by Tara … More>

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V&V Fellow Featured in Groundbreaking Documentary

September 9, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Noted military historian and Fellow for the Middle East & Terrorism with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Earl Tilford—was featured alongside prominent scholars and commentators in a groundbreaking documentary produced by Coral Ridge Ministries. The … More>

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Goodbye to a Good Guy

September 5, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s Note: Bob O’Connor, the 58th mayor of Pittsburgh, PA, died of brain cancer this past Friday, September 1, at the age of 61.

In the fall of 1994, I drove my tiny Toyota Tercel into downtown Pittsburgh for a … More>

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VISION & VALUES: Threatening History

July 1, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, Vision & Values Mailings

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Sept. 27, 2005, Dr. Richard Pipes, the acclaimed Russian historian and Harvard professor of Sovietology, visited Grove City College  at the invitation of The Center for Vision & Values to deliver the annual J. Howard Pew Lecture. More>

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Weinberger’s Wisdom

March 29, 2006 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

On Monday evening, March 27, I spoke to students in my “Modern Civilization” course here at Grove City College. I was lecturing on the origins of the Cold War. I began talking about the Berlin Wall, going through the date … More>

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A “Foote” Note of History

July 7, 2005 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

With the arrival of a national holiday, concomitant weekend getaways, and the ceaseless pounding of sensationalistic news headlines, it sadly becomes far too easy to miss the passing of an age. And, in fact, that has just happened when at … More>

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The Human Kennan

March 21, 2005 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

A giant of the 20th century died on Thursday, March 17. George F. Kennan lived for 101 years. Many things will be said of Kennan this week: He was a leading thinker of our time, the founding father of containment, … More>

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A Dad Like Jack: The Influence of Ronald Reagan’s Father

June 16, 2004 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

When we open our newspapers on Father’s Day, we expect to find an article on dads. These are often tributes to heroic dads. Yet, for every boy or girl whose father was a fireman, a doctor, or Marine who stormed … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Ronald Reagan’s Rainbow

June 5, 2004 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Ronald Reagan was a man who had it all. It is difficult to identify an American who lived a fuller, or greater, life—what he understatedly called “An American Life.” In nearly everything he did, Reagan succeeded wildly. When he left … More>

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A Mom Who Made a President

May 5, 2004 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

While being a mother has never been easy, the task today is particularly daunting. My wife, who is the mother of my 8-year-old and 6-year-old sons and 2-year-old daughter, learned a few months ago that she couldn’t even let her … More>

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Remembering Fyodor Dostoevsky

November 13, 2003 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Fyodor Dostoevsky-one of the greatest writers of Western Civilization-was born 182 years ago on November 11th. Into his novels-works of art in their own right-he infused philosophy, theology, psychology, criminology, and a profound understanding of human nature.

Dostoevsky’s career began … More>

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Celebrating John Milton: A Sequoia Among Shrubs

September 10, 2003 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Periodically, brushfires sweep through the sequoia forests of California. Rangers once feared that the fires would harm the sequoias; instead, the fires not only cleared out the smaller trees and underbrush; they actually strengthened the sequoias. Such is the case … More>

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Methodists in the White House: William McKinley and George W. Bush

April 25, 2003 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

A tyrannical regime is brutally treating its subjects. Suffering abounds and basic freedoms are denied. Congress, the press, the religious community, and the American public denounce the cruelty and butchery this government has practiced for decades and debate the best … More>

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A Grover by Another Name

March 21, 2003 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

He’s 19 or 20 years old and a Marine Rifleman fighting in Iraq. His hair’s cut “high and tight” and he’s muscled, weighs about 150 pounds on average. He’d get carded in a bar and in six or seven years … More>

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Have You Asked Hannibal?

March 5, 2003 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

There’s a serial killer in Louisiana who kidnaps, rapes and murders women. Another may be active in the Los Angeles area. Have the police in Louisiana and Los Angeles-and presumably the F.B.I.-gone to Anthony Hopkins for advice?

Who would know … More>

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Remembering Mr. Rogers

February 27, 2003 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I was quite saddened when I woke up on Thursday morning, turned on Channel 4 and learned that Fred Rogers had died. Mr. Rogers had always evoked sentimentality from me, though never as he did that morning.

I’ll always have … More>

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