Wilfred McClay, professor of history at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will give a lecture entitled “The Persistence of Guilt and the Imperilment of Progress” on Friday, October 19 at 3:00pm in the Student Center Auditorium, as part of the Annual Donald S. Metz Lecture in American Christian History.
Wilfred M. McClay holds the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is also a professor of history at UTC. He is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program of Princeton University, and vice chair of the Jack Miller Center’s academic council. He has served since 2002 as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
His book The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (University of North Carolina Press, 1994) won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books are The Student’s Guide to U.S. History (ISI Books, 2001), the edited volume Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007), and the co-edited volume Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America (Woodrow Wilson Center/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).
He has been the recipient of fellowship awards from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education, the Howard Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Danforth Foundation. He was a coeditor of Rowman and Littlefield’s book series American Intellectual Culture; is serving or has served on the editorial boards of First Things, The Wilson Quarterly, The Public Interest, American Quarterly, Society, Touchstone, Historically Speaking, Fides et Historia, American Political Thought, and University Bookman; and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Historical Society. He was educated at St. John’s College (Annapolis) and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1987.