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Prominent conservative thinker visits PHC classroom

February 22nd, 2005

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PURCELLVILLE, VA — Ken Masugi, senior staffer at the Claremont Institute, a center for the study of the principles of the American Founding, shared his views on the proper role and function of local government with PHC students in Instructor Erik Root's State and Local Government class.

"He engaged the class on the perils of progressivism, and the fallout of the recall election in California," said Root, "and I think his unique insights into political statesmanship at the state and local level really intrigued my students."

Masugi is the director of the Institute's Center for Local Government, a group that applies historical principles to the study of local government. Following his initial appointment at the Claremont Institute in 1982-86, Masugi served as special assistant to then-Chairman Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has also held visiting professor appointments at a number of universities, including a term as an Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mr. Masugi is co-author of Democracy in California: Politics and Government in the Golden State (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), the co-editor of six other books on political thought, and the author of numerous essays and reviews of works on political theory, constitutional law, public policy, and films. He has also published widely in the popular press, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Washington Post, Washington Times, National Review, and the Weekly Standard.

Founded in 2000, Patrick Henry College is a classical Christian liberal arts college dedicated to training men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding. A PHC education combines rigorous academics, a biblical worldview, a classical liberal arts core curriculum, and apprenticeship methodologies to produce graduates who are uniquely qualified to serve God and mankind.