Witness: Reflections on the Meaning of the Hungarian Revolution with Peter W. Schramm.
In the pre-dawn hours of November 4, 1956, Soviet forces launched a major attack against the Hungarian capital of Budapest, aimed at crushing the national uprising that had begun some 12 days earlier. While there was fierce opposition from the Hungarian people - dubbed Freedom Fighters - it took the Soviets only a few weeks to destroy the resistance. Why did the Hungarians revolt? Was it a merely romantic assertion of a poetic people - or was it a manly assertion for freedom against tyranny?
Having fled his native Hungary during those tumultuous times, Peter W. Schramm is now the Executive Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at Ashland University.
Previously, he served in the Reagan Administration as the Director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education and was the President of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, in Claremont, California. He was recently awarded the Salvatori Prize in American Citizenship by The Heritage Foundation for his work in teaching the principles of the American Founding.
John Hilboldt oversees Heritage's Lectures and Seminars Program which annually hosts over 100 public programs at the Foundation's headquarters.
Before becoming Director of Lectures and Seminars, he served for four years as Deputy Director of Coalition Relations, editing two issues of the Policy Experts guide and its accompanying policyexperts.org web directory as well as coordinating other outreach endeavors.
Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Young Britons' Foundation of London.
Peter W. Schramm
Peter W. Schramm is the Executive Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at Ashland University. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the Director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education.
Matthew Spalding is the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies. An Adjunct Fellow with the Claremont Institute, he has taught American government at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America, Claremont McKenna College and Hillsdale College.
He is the co-author of A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character, the Editor of The Founders' Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders and Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding and the Executive Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. He is on the Board of Academic Advisors at Mount Vernon Estate.