Barton Welcomes Historian Richard Gamble

WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome historian Dr. Richard M. Gamble to campus on Monday, Oct. 8, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. The program, “The Great Tradition,” will begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

As editor of “The Great Tradition – Classic Readings On What It Means To Be An Educated Human Being,” Dr. Gamble will speak about this anthology that reconstructs a centuries-long conversation about the goals, conditions, and ultimate value of true education. Spanning more than two millennia, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary writers, it includes substantial excerpts from more than sixty seminal writings on education. Represented are the wisdom and insight of such figures as Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Cicero, Basil, Augustine, Hugh of St. Victor, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Erasmus, Edmund Burke, John Henry Newman, Thomas Arnold, Albert Jay Nock, Dorothy Sayers, C. S. Lewis, and Eric Voegelin. Dr. Gamble examined over 2,500 years of Western intellectual thought and compiled this collection to help parents, students, and teachers defend traditional education.

Dr. Gamble is the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Professor of History and Political Science and Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College. He formerly taught in the Honors Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is the author of “The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation.” Dr. Gamble earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Bob Jones University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.

This program is sponsored by the Department of History and Social Sciences and the Department of Religion and Philosophy, with the financial support of the North Carolina History Project and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education.

For additional information about this program, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, associate professor of history, at 252-399-6443 or email:

Questions? Contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: