John Templeton Foundation

Alain Besançon
Grace Davie
Timothy Garton Ash
Roger Kimball
Leszek Kolakowski
Steven M. Lukes
Krzysztof Michalski
Alan C. Montefiore
Krzysztof Pomian
Gesine Schwan
Janet Martin Soskice

Home Approach Program Commitee Other Participants

Roger Kimball, a noted art critic and social commentator, is the co-editor and co-publisher of The New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books. He contributes regularly to numerous journals in the United States and Britain, including The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Spectator, The Weekly Standard, and Commentary. A graduate of Bennington College, he earned an M.A. and an M.Phil. in philosophy at Yale University in 1978 and 1982, respectively. He taught at Yale and at Connecticut College before embarking on a publishing career as a cultural critic in the early 1980s. In 1989, Mr. Kimball became managing editor of The New Criterion and was named to his present positions at the magazine in 2005. Also in 2005, he was appointed president and publisher of Encounter Books, which he moved from San Francisco to New York the next year. He lectures widely and appears often on radio and television programs. A member of the board of advisors of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, he also serves on the board of visitors and governors of St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe) and the boards of directors of The National Center for the Study of Civic Literacy and Transaction Publishers. Mr. Kimball is the editor or co-editor of nine books and the author of six others, including Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education (1990 and 1998), The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America (2000), Experiments Against Reality: The Fate of Culture in the Postmodern Era (2000), Lives of The Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse (2002), and Art’s Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity (2003), His most recent book, The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art, an excoriation of new academic art criticism on the grounds that it has turned the study of art history into an expression of cultural politics by other means, was published by Encounter Books in 2004. Among his current book projects are a biography of John Witherspoon, the sixth president of Princeton and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, for ISI Books and a critical appraisal of the twenty-first century American university, which will be published by Encounter Books in 2008.