Hillsdale College – a star brightly shinning above the swirling sea of socialism

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Mark Helprin
Hillsdale College, 159th Commencement


About the Speaker: 

Mark Helprin was born in 1947 and raised in the British West Indies.  He attended Harvard College and Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  After earning his degrees from Harvard, he did postgraduate work at the University of Oxford, Princeton University, and Columbia University.  He also served in the British Merchant Navy, the Israeli Infantry, and the Israeli Air Force.

One of our time’s most prominent writers, Mr. Helprin was published in The New Yorker for almost a quarter of a century.  In addition, his stories and essays on politics and aesthetics appear in The Atlantic MonthlyThe New Criterion, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the New York Times, National Review, American Heritage, Forbes ASAP, and other publications in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Helprin is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Guggenheim Fellow and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute.  For several years he was the Aaron and Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Fellow at Hillsdale College, where he taught creative writing.

Mr. Helprin’s books, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, include A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Refiner’s Fire, Ellis Island and Other Stories, Winter’s Tale, Swan Lake, A Soldier of the Great War, Memoir from Antproof Case, A City in Winter, The Veil of Snows, The Pacific and Other Stories, Freddy and Fredericka and the non-fiction work Digital Barbarism.  He has been awarded the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix de Rome, and the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, among other prizes.

Mr. Helprin resides outside Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Lisa.

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