HERBERT LONDON, president of the Hudson Institute, is one of America's leading public intellectuals. His latest book, America's Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion, was published by Encounter Books in 2008, and explores the rise of radical secular humanism as a religious experience.
London is professor emeritus and the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University. He was responsible for creating the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. This school was organized to promote the study of "great books" and classic texts. He is a graduate of Columbia University, 1960 and the recipient of a Ph.D. from New York University, 1966. In 1989, Dr. London was one of the Republican candidates for Mayor of New York City. In 1990 he was the Conservative Party Candidate for Governor of New York garnering more votes than any third party candidate in the state's history. In 1994 he was the Republican Party candidate for New York State Comptroller, losing in a close election.
Dr. London is a noted social critic whose work has appeared in every major newspaper and journal in the country including such diverse publications as Commentary, National Review, American Spectator, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Washington Times, New York Magazine, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Modern Age, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Orbis, Encounter, Forbes, and The New Criterion. He is the author and editor of twenty-two books.
In addition to Dr. London's television program, "Myths that Rule America," he created a 47-part CBS series entitled "The American Character." He has been a guest lecturer on many major radio and television news programs and at colleges and universities and has appeared as co-host on the popular CNN program, "Crossfire." He is the former chairman of the National Association of Scholars, is the erstwhile editor of Academic Questions. Dr. London was Executive producer of "Rodney King Incident." He was formerly syndicated by Knight-Ridder and Bridge News. He is a contributing editor for St. Croix Review and American Arts Quarterly. Dr. London wrote a monthly newsletter called The London Letter and a nationally syndicated column for King Features.
Dr. London is listed in the Outstanding People of the 21st Century; Directory of Distinguished Americans; Who's Who in Education; Who's Who in the East; Men of Distinction; Who's Who in America, Kingston's National Registry of Who's Who, and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. He is a recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Aix-Marseille, 1983 and Grove City College, 1993. He has received a Presidential Citation from N.Y.U., is a recipient of the National Pro-Am Achievement Award, was the 1996 recipient of the Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality for Citizenship Achievement, was the 1997 recipient of the Jacques Maritain Society Award, was the first recipient of the Peter Shaw Award for his exemplary writing on higher education and American intellectual culture, was awarded the Templeton Honor Roll Award in 1997 as one of the nation's exemplary professors. In 2000, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, in 2001 the American Jewish Congress Award, and in 2002 the Liberty and Media Award.