In November, I told you about the opening of a new center of teaching and research on our campus — the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft. Named for late Gov. William P. Clements Jr. and supported by a founding gift from George Seay and family, the Clements Center is already making its mark on UT and the world.
To reach its four primary constituencies — students, scholars, policy-makers, and citizens — the center has organized itself around three activities:
- Teaching. The center’s teaching imparts a body of knowledge to students, develops their critical thinking skills, and cultivates the values necessary for leadership in a free society.
- Research and Publication. The center is disseminating the findings of its researchers through both scholarly and popular publications. Subject matter experts at the Clements Center like director Will Imboden have placed op-eds in the New York Times and other national media on topics ranging from the crisis in the Ukraine to international terrorism.
- Convening. The convening power of the Clements Center is creating a network of scholars and practitioners. Its brisk schedule of events has already brought numerous intellectuals to the campus, such as author Tom Ricks, who spoke in March about his book The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today. Among the many upcoming events is David Adesnik’s April 16 lecture, “Isolationism: Policies of the Past and Lessons for Today.”
I’m proud of the progress the Clements Center has made and look forward to what the coming years will hold.