Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2001

William Bennett to Speak at Concord College Monday, April 30, 2001

Athens, W.Va. - Dr. William J. Bennett, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan will be speaking at Concord College, Monday, April 30, 2001, 11:00 a.m. Dr. Bennett’s presentation is sponsored by the SHOTT FOUNDATION and is part of the SHOTT LECTURE SERIES which has featured such notables as former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. His lecture is entitled Our Children and Our Country: Challenges to America in Education.

William J. Bennett has unquestionably become America’s leading cultural and social advocate. He is an influential and respected voice in the American cultural debate, a prolific author and America’s leading intellectual on pressing social issues.

Hailed on the cover of the April 3, 2000, issue of the National Review as “A Veep For Bush,” Dr. Bennett has carved a place in the annals of world opinion as a “brainy, street-smart” public figure that “transcends workaday politics as the kind of figure who can capture the imagination of Americans.”

The best-selling author of virtue books “reassures American’s seeking an anchor in their lives.” And “calls for renewing the institutions of family, faith and community without flinching from straight talk about the nation’s (and world’s) maladies: juvenile crime, suicide, divorce, drug abuse…”

A ubiquitous presence on Larry King Live, This Week, Face The Nation and Meet The Press, Dr. Bennett is regularly featured on the op-ed pages of The Washington Post, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Time Magazine named him “One of the 25 Most Influential People in America.” Modern Maturity Magazine called him “The Most Influential Man in America Today.”

Dr. Bennett served under President Reagan as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Secretary of Education, and also served as President Bush’s Drug Czar. As a well-respected commentator, editorial writer, and public orator, Dr. Bennett is the author of several runaway best-sellers, including The Book of Virtues (which enjoyed an 88 week ride on the New York Times best-seller list) and The Death of Outrage. His two recent best-sellers, The Educated Child and The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, prove to be landmark books summarizing our direction as a society and where we are leading our children.

As co-director of Empower America, a non-profit group dedicated to advancing the political and social debate around issues of education, taxes, foreign policy and social values, Dr. Bennett continues to challenge us toward positive reform and innovative national leadership.

Dr. Bennett is also founder and chairman of K12 (www.k12.com), an Internet-based elementary and secondary school that will offer a complete, world-class curriculum to anyone, anywhere. K12 will combine solid academic content, reliable teaching methods, and state-of-the-art technology in an effort to provide every child with an education comparable to that offered in the nation’s best private and public schools. K12 can be used as a tool for home-schoolers, charter schools, remedial education, and advanced learning.

As the chairman of the board of the company, Dr. Bennett is able and eager to speak about the future of education and technology—the challenges, potential dangers, and opportunities. He brings a unique perspective on these matters, as a lifelong education advocate who has embraced the latest technology as a means of bringing a good education to students across America.

In his speeches, Dr. Bennett advances an exploration into America’s values and the morals by which we run our government, society, and schools. He questions the standards by which we judge the performance of our leaders and challenges us to rethink our ideals on educational, judicial and social reform.

His other books include Book of Virtues, Our Sacred Honor, Children’s Book of America, and Children’s Book of Heroes.

The lecture is open to invited guests. For more information, call 1-304-384-5224.

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Photo 1: Dr. William J. Bennett will speak at Concord Monday, April 30.


Photo 2: Former Vice President Dan Quayle was a guest lecturer for the SHOTT LECTURE SERIES in 1997.

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