In honor of Constitution Day, Lt. Gen. Josiah Bunting will be giving a lecture on political leadership on September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

* A column by Dr. Wilfred M. McClay, UTC SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, on Constitution Day has been published in USA Today. Read his column here.

In his lecture, Bunting, a soldier, author, and educator, will explore how we can benefit from the study of the greatest American generations of the Revolutionary War and World War I, and how that study might help us raise up another such generation in the years to come.

Bunting attempts to provide answers to several important questions, What is so special about these two generations of leaders, born respectively in the 1730s-40s and in the 1880s-90s? What did they have in common? What set them apart from the generations before and after them, and gave them the strength and wisdom to confront the challenges of their times? And what can we learn from them to guide us in the years to come?

Bunting is president of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Before assuming that post, he served for eight years as superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, of which was a 1963 graduate. From 1966 until 1972 he served on active duty in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Major. He served with the Ninth Infantry Division in Vietnam, and as an assistant professor of history at West Point.

 

This event is sponsored by UTC’s SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, with additional support from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History. For more information call Donna Adams at 423-425-5206.

 

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