Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought finalists to visit campus

CU announced four new finalists Wednesday for Boulder’s Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy position, each of whom will hold a public forum in the next five weeks, the university said in a news release.

Arthur Herman, the finalist who will visit campus first this year, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for “Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age” and also wrote a New York Times bestselling work, “How the Scots Invented the Modern World.”

Herman will share a presentation titled “Arsenal of Democracy: The Business of Victory in World War II” at 3 p.m. March 4 in Old Main Chapel, the release said.

Terry Anderson co-authored “The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier,” which won the 2005 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. Previously, the release said, he was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University.

Anderson will present “Markets vs. Politics: The Next Generation of Environmentalism” at 6 p.m. March 13 in Engineering Center room 200, the release said.

Bradley Birzer, the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and professor of history at Hillsdale College, is a co-founder and senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative Blog. His most recent book, “American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll,” was named National Book of the Month by the Knights of Columbus.

Birzer will present at 3 p.m. April 2 in Eaton Humanities room 250, the release said, on “Conserving What is Humane: From the American Founding to T.S. Eliot?”

Gary Libecap is a professor of corporate environmental management at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Libecap has served as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions on the Economics Faculty at Cambridge University and as president of the Economic History Association, Western Economics Association International and the International Society for New Institutional Economics.

Libecap will give a presentation, “Why is Confronting Global Environmental Problems So Difficult? What Can We Learn From Examining Many Different Cases?” at 4 p.m. April 10 in Hale Science room 230, the release said.

The four finalists join Ron Haskins, who was named a finalist for the position last year. The release said Haskins, a senior fellow and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, will not be brought to campus again.

The pilot visiting scholar program, which entered its inaugural year this fall with newly endowed Professor Steven Hayward, brings to campus well-known scholars who are engaged in analytical scholarship or practice of conservative thinking and policymaking.

The visiting scholar search committee is chaired by Ann Carlos, associate dean for social sciences in CU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

According to the release, non-university members of the search committee include David Pyle, founder and CEO of American Career College; Mike Rosen, long-time radio host on AM 850 KOA and Denver Post columnist and political commentator; Bob Greenlee, former Boulder City Council member and mayor and current president of Centennial Investment & Management Company Inc.; CU President Emeritus Hank Brown; and Earl Wright, CEO of AMG National Trust Bank.

Faculty members on the committee include David Brown, professor and chair of political science; Daniel Kaffine, associate professor of economics; Susan Kent, professor and chair of history; and Bradley Monton, associate professor of philosophy.

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