Steve Balch is Director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University. The founding president (1987-2009) of the National Association of Scholars, Dr. Balch received a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush in 2007. He holds a doctorate from the University of California/Berkeley and between 1974 and 1987 served on the government faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York.
The mission of the Alliance for Liberal Learning (ALL) is to promote and support conversations about great works and ideas. ALL seeks to open the public imagination to the enduring value of lifelong liberal learning, which prepares us to live freely and well. ALL believes that the foundation of liberal education lies in active engagement with the ideas, insights and discoveries embodied in the world’s great books and works of art and science. ALL will bring together members of the general public, scholars, academic programs and institutions, businesses and other organizations promoting liberal arts education to share its work via seminars and discussions, conferences, online networks and sponsorship of events.