2020 SPEAKER BIOS
Victor Davis Hanson & Bruce Thornton
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992-93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991-92), and alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002). He received the National Humanities Award in 2007, and the Bradley Prize in 2009.
Hanson is the author of some 170 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited twenty books, including Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern(2010); Makers of Ancient Strategy: from the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome (ed.) (2010);Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed., University of California Press, 1998); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001); A War Like No Other (Random House 2005);The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001); and Mexifornia: a State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003).
Bruce S. Thornton was a W. Glenn Cambell and Rita Ricardo-Cambell National Fellow, and now is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Bruce S. Thornton grew up on a cattle ranch in Fresno County, California. He received his BA in Latin from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1975, as well as his PhD in comparative literature-Greek, Latin, and English-in 1983. Thornton is currently a professor of classics and humanities at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of 10 books on a variety of topics, including “Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization”; “Plagues of the Mind, the New Epidemic of False Knowledge”; “Searching for Joaquin: Myth, Murieta, and History of California”; “Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in and Impoverished Age” (with Victor Davis Hanson); “Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Motion Suicide,” and “The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich, and Obama’s America.” His numerous essays and reviews on Greek culture and civilization and their influence on Western Civilization, as well as on other contemporary political and educational issues, have appeared in both scholarly journals and magazines such as the New Criterion, Commentary, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the Claremont Review of Books. Thornton is also a regular contributor to online magazines such as Defining Ideas, VDH Private Papers, Advancing a Free Society, Frontpage, City Journal and others. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities and at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Army War College, and the Air Force Academy. He also has appeared on web shows such as Uncommon Knowledge, and television programs on the History Channel and ABC's Politically Incorrect. His latest book, published in July, 2014, is “Democracy’s Danger and Discontents, The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama.”
Other speakers to be announced.