College President Larry Arnn will receive an award next week from The New Criterion, an arts and cultural criticism magazine.
“We thought Larry Arnn would be the perfect person for this award,” said Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion. “He really seems to be on the intellectual horizon at the moment.”
The publication will present Arnn with the Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society at a ceremony on April 28 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.
The award recognizes people who align with the publication’s “commitment to preserving our cultural patrimony,” according to its website. Past winners include visiting professor and historian Victor Davis Hanson, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and biographer Andrew Roberts.
Kimball pointed to Arnn’s success at building Hillsdale College into an “educational powerhouse” and “a model for other institutions” as reasons for his selection.
“He has transformed Hillsdale into the preeminent liberal arts institution in the country,” Kimball said. “It’s extraordinarily excellent in its teaching, but beyond that its mission really understands what a liberal education is all about.”
Kimball also noted Arnn’s work on the 1776 Commission under former President Donald Trump, where he served as chairman of the commission from its inception in December 2020 to its disbanding by President Joe Biden in January 2021.
“Dr. Arnn has transformed Hillsdale into a beacon of educational excellence at a time when higher education is otherwise in terminal freefall,” said James Panero, executive editor of The New Criterion, in an April 11 interview with Arnn. “Hillsdale has attracted the attention of millions of Americans as it serves as a national model for an educational institution rooted in classical American values.”
Arnn will speak on “Consistency in Politics” at the award gala, referring to a 1932 essay by Winston Churchill.
“‘Consistency in Politics’ is an essay, one of his best, by Winston Churchill,” Arnn said in the interview. “He gives an account of the changes in the careers of Edmund Burke, William Gladstone, and Joshua Chamberlain. He excuses two of those guys and condemns one of them.”