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Recovering the American Story: Consciousness and the American Past

Wilfred McClay's Book next to a green plant and coffee cup

Event Details

Friday, November 15, 2019
Program: 11:00 AM 
Book Signing: 12:00 PM 

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Dr
Simi Valley, CA 93065

For more information about this event, please email 
sppevents@pepperdine.edu or call 310.506.7490  

Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Wilfred "Bill" McClay, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine's School of Public Policy, as he discusses "Recovering the American Story: Historical Consciousness and the American Past" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. 

All great human enterprises, including great nations, need an animating narrative, a story both true and mythic in character, a story that links its past, present, and future in a seamless web of meaning and aspiration. This is particularly true for the United States, a nation unlike any other, whose ideals and history cannot be understood apart from one another. However, for a variety of reasons, ranging from the corrosive effects of our popular culture to the fragmented view of the American past promoted by academic historians, we have been steadily losing a sense of our past as a source of strength and sustenance for the tasks ahead. How can we correct this problem? The lecture will explore the possibilities.

Wilfred Bill McClay

Following the program, McClay will be in the Reagan Library's Museum Store to sign copies of his latest book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story. Land of Hope is a compact, authoritative, and compulsively readable book that will offer to American readers a clear, informative, and inspiring narrative account of their own country.