ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

In Memoriam: Walter Berns

January 12, 2015 by ACTA

This past weekend, America lost a giant.

Walter Berns, the great political theorist, constitutional scholar, and professor, passed away on Saturday. He was 95.

A student of Leo Strauss, Berns spent his career exploring what the greatest thinkers of the past—from Aristotle and Plato to Hobbes and Locke—had to say to our modern republic. He believed firmly that democracy’s success was dependent on the maintenance of an educated and virtuous citizenry. If America was to thrive, Berns always argued, it would need a healthy dose of character, virtue, and patriotism.

Perhaps that is why he was always such a dedicated friend and supporter of ACTA’s. He was with us in the trenches from ACTA’s earliest days, participating in our Shakespeare teach-in at Georgetown to defend the place of the Bard in university curricula. And when ACTA led the charge to preserve the University of Chicago’s legendary core curriculum, Walter Berns was by our side demanding that the university not drop its Western Civilization requirement.

The coming days will no doubt see many more tributes to this great scholar and patriot. The nation will remember him as a defender of the Western civilization, the American Republic, and the notion that true education is about studying the best that has been thought and said.

Here at ACTA, we will surely remember him as all that. But we will also remember him as a dear friend and fellow reformer.

May he rest in peace.

Comments

Leave a Comment >

There are no comments for this article yet.

Let us know what you are thinking

FEATURED TOPICS

ACTA's take on:

News Roundup

Opinion: Great Books for a Brainwashing

The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler 

Has College Gotten Too Easy?

The Atlantic, Joe Pinkser 

The Consequences of the Government Shutdown for Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education, Lindsay Ellis and Lily Jackson 

College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan

Signup to Receive ACTA’s Quarterly
Newsletter & Email Updates


Include information for trustees.

Search