Tocqueville′s Moment, and Our Own: Some Lessons in Democratic Self-Knowledge



Historian Wilfred McClay To Present Rhodes College’s 
Boyle-Jones Lecture on Public Affairs


On April 19 at Rhodes College, renowned intellectual historian Wilfred McClay will deliver the 2012 Boyle-Jones Lecture on Public Affairs titled “Tocqueville′s Moment, and Our Own: Some Lessons in Democratic Self-Knowledge.” Free and
open to the public, the lecture  begins at
6 p.m. in the Orgill Room of Clough Hall. 

McClay holds the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a frequent essayist and national commentator on various aspects of American history and culture. He also is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, and a member of the National Council for the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of  American Historians for the
best book in American intellectual history.

McClay’s presentation at Rhodes is sponsored
by the  Boyle-Jones Lecture Series, which
brings to campus prominent political theorists
and commentators on public affairs. The 
series honors the memory of two great Memphians: J. Bayard Boyle Sr., philanthropist, developer and co-founder of Boyle Investment Co., and the Reverend Paul Tudor Jones, author, theologian and beloved pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

Those with specific inquiries may contact
Ms. Jackie Baker in the political science
department at 843-3818 or