Professor Emeritus of Physics, Princeton University
This speech was delivered at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar on February 19, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Hillsdale College is an independent college founded in 1844 by men and women who “are grateful to God for the priceless blessings” that come from civil and religious freedom and “believing that the spread of learning for the eternity of these blessings is indispensable ”. It pursues the stated goal of the founders: “All persons who, regardless of nation, skin color or gender, have a literary, scientific, [and] theological education, “which is outstanding among American colleges,” to combine such moral and social instruction as best develop the spirit and improve the hearts of its students. “As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College” endures Commandment and Example “upholds the ancient doctrines and practices of the Christian faith.
By educating young people in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By promoting the scholarship of her faculty, she helps preserve this legacy for future generations. By publicly defending this legacy, she enlists the help of other friends of free civilization, thereby securing the conditions of her own survival and independence.
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