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TED V. MCALLISTER is the Edward L. Gaylord Chair and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is an Intellectual Historian whose research interests focus on modernity and its discontents, historical consciousness, and the history and nature of American conservatism. The author of Revolt Against Modernity: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Search for a Post-Liberal Order, McAllister has written and lectured on a wide range of themes from Alexis de Tocqueville and Eric Voegelin to the debate about the nature of American identity. Currently working on a book about Walter Lippmann and co-authoring a survey of American History called The Promise and Paradox of Freedom, he will soon focus on a history of the baby-boomers.
Appreciating place is essential for building the strong local communities that cultivate civic engagement, public leadership, and many of the other goods that contribute to a flourishing human life.