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CPAC Honors Eugene Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese with Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation, in association with Young America’s Foundation and Human Events – awarded Eugene Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (1941-2007) its annual Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award.  The award was presented on February 19 at the Ronald Reagan Banquet by the ACU Foundation, and is sponsored by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

The award is given in Ambassador Kirkpatrick’s name because of her fierce leadership in upholding universities’ most basic virtues – academic freedom and the ability to speak freely without physical or verbal threats.

“Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick’s most memorable positions may be her most visible, serving as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and in President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet on the National Security Council,” said American Conservative Union Foundation Chairman Cleta Mitchell.  “Many may not recall that Ambassador Kirkpatrick was fighting against political correctness and liberal orthodoxy long before she was named United Nations Ambassador – and doing so from her position as a Georgetown University professor of government.”

“Ambassador Kirkpatrick’s dogged determination to stand up for America began through her fierce defense of American ideals on the college campus, which she always claimed was good training for her work at the United Nations,” Mitchell added.  “In addition to her national security expertise, she was someone who believed in the importance of academic institutions as places that should promote the open exchange of ideas.  The American Conservative Union Foundation, with the support of the Bradley Foundation, honor her memory by giving this award annually.  The 2010 award is given to two people who exemplify the principles of academic freedom that were near to Ambassador Kirkpatrick’s heart and who dedicated themselves to defending freedom in academia.  We are pleased and honored to present this award to the Genoveses,” concluded Mitchell.

Dr. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese began her career as a Marxist, but became increasingly aware of the conflict between Marxism and human rights and dignity.  Her conversion to Catholicism in the 1990s coincided with a shift to pro-life advocacy.   Her outspoken expression of her views and critiques of liberal feminism brought her hostile attacks, notoriety and antagonism from her colleagues on the left, but admiration from intellectually honest scholars and conservatives nationwide.

Dr. Eugene Genovese is considered by scholars on both the left and the right to be one of the most influential historians in the field of American Slavery.  From the beginning of his career Dr. Genovese was an avowed Marxist whose public advocacy of the Viet Cong in the 1960s was the focus of a widely-publicized academic free speech debate.  In the 1990s, however, Dr. Genovese became intellectually, politically, and morally disillusioned with Marxism, and he joined his wife in converting to Catholicism. Together the Drs. Genovese helped to found The Historical Society to resist the encroachment of ideology in historical studies.

The Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award includes a $10,000 cash stipend from the Bradley Foundation.  Past recipients include Stephen Balch of the National Association of Scholars and Dr. Alan Charles Kors of the University of Pennsylvania.

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CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation, in association with Young America’s Foundation and Human Events. The conference is cosponsored by over 90 of the nation’s leading conservative organizations. For continued updates on the program or to register online, visit www.cpac.org.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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