Light & Verity


“The greatest shortcoming of most attempts at liberal education today—with their individualism or individualized, unfocused, and scattered curricula—is their failure to enhance the students’ understanding of their role as free citizens of a free society, and the responsibilities that imposes upon its citizens.”

—Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History, in an April 25 “farewell lecture” sponsored by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale. Kagan retired this spring after teaching at Yale for 44 years. His full speech is online at

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