Wilfred M. McClay

Senior Scholar at Wilson Center

Wilfred M. McClay

Wilfred M. McClay

Senior Scholar at Wilson Center

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Wilfred M. McClay, a prize-winning scholar of American intellectual and cultural history, is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, and Director of the Center for the History of Liberty, at the University of Oklahoma. He served for eleven years on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum.

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Executive Director at The Tikvah Fund

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Senior Director of Operations at Ethics & Public Policy Center, Inc.

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Former Senator from Pennsylvania

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Director of Communications at Ethics & Public Policy Center, Inc.

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Events Coordinator & Administrative Manager at Ethics & Public Policy Center, Inc.

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Events & Operations Coordinator at Ethics & Public Policy Center, Inc.

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Events & Operations Coordinator at Ethics & Public Policy Center, Inc.

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Faculty Member, Economics & Domestic Policy at Hertog Foundation, Inc.

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Contributor at National Review Online

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Events & Projects Manager at Ethics & Public Policy Center, Inc.

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Wilfred M. McClay
Senior Scholar at Wilson Center
Education
Ph.D.

The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. "What are we aiming at?" Gilman asked in his installation address. "The encouragement of research ... and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell." The mission laid out by Gilman remains the university's mission today, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words: "Knowledge for the world." What Gilman created was a research university, dedicated to advancing both students' knowledge and the state of human knowledge through research and scholarship. Gilman believed that teaching and research are interdependent, that success in one depends on success in the other. A modern university, he believed, must do both well. The realization of Gilman's philosophy at Johns Hopkins, and at other institutions that later attracted Johns Hopkins-trained scholars, revolutionized higher education in America, leading to the research university system as it exists today. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Eminent professors mentor top students in the arts and music, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, engineering, international studies, education, business and the health professions. Those same faculty members, and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory, have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area. The Applied Physics Laboratory is a division of the university co-equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL, located between Baltimore and Washington, supports national security and also pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development. Johns Hopkins also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia. When considered in partnership with its sister institution, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, the university is Maryland's largest employer and contributes more than $10 billion a year to the state's economy

Career History
Senior Scholar
Current

The Wilson Center is the official memorial to our nation’s 28th president. More than just a collection of marble pillars and famous quotes, the Center is “a living memorial,” a gathering place for some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world. Their work is the centerpiece of our activity and informs the nation’s public policy debates with nonpartisan and relevant research and information. At The Wilson Center, preeminent scholars and experts research topics of national and international relevance. In the spirit of President Wilson, we build a bridge between the worlds of academia and public policy, to inform and develop solutions to the nation’s problems and challenges. Democracy is built on the notion of an informed and active citizenry. The Wilson Center provides the fuel that makes this possible…knowledge in the public interest. Through public meetings and events, broadcast media and social media, publications in print and online, and a wide range of outreach activities, the Wilson Center is engaged in the global dialogue of ideas. More importantly, the Center provides you with the tools and opportunities to join the national conversation.

Senior Fellow
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Center is dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy and seeks to influence policymakers and transform the culture through the world of ideas.

Boards & Committees
Councillor of the National Council on the Humanities
2006 - 2012

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants: strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges facilitate research and original scholarship provide opportunities for lifelong learning preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources strengthen the institutional base of the humanities Since 1965, the Endowment has opened new worlds of learning for the American public with noteworthy projects such as: Seven thousand books, 16 of which have won Pulitzer Prizes, and 20 of which have received the Bancroft Prize. The Civil War, the landmark documentary by Ken Burns viewed by 38 million Americans The Library of America editions of novels, essays, and poems celebrating America’s literary heritage The United States Newspaper Project, which cataloged and microfilmed 63.3 million pages of historic newspapers, paved the way for the National Digital Newspaper Program and its digital repository, Chronicling America Annual support for 56 states and territories to help support some 56,000 lectures, discussions, exhibitions and other programs each year

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