Pepperdine’s Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics hosted noted author and scholar Os Guinness on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the School of Law. Guinness spoke on "Survival of the Fastest – Living Sanely in the Craziness of Modern Fast-Life."
Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, Os was born in China in World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his DPhil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
Previously, Guinness was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a guest scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1986 to 1989, he served as executive director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and coauthored the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences.
Guinness is an author, a social critic, and a Senior Fellow of the EastWest Institute in New York. He is a cofounder of the leadership academy, Trinity Forum, and served as Senior Fellow from 1991 until 2004. He is a regular speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Guinness has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, and Unspeakable: Facing up to the Challenge of Evil. His latest book, The Case for Civility was published by HarperOne in January 2008.
A video of the lecture will be available soon.