PETER H. GIBBON:
Peter H. Gibbon is the author of A Call to Heroism:
Renewing Americas Vision of Greatness (Atlantic
Monthly Press, 2002). Excerpts from the book appeared
in the Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine as well
as in American Educator and it was chosen for
the Best Books 2002 list by The Christian
Gibbon is a Research Associate in Education at the Harvard
Graduate School of Education and a writer whose articles
and op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, The New York
Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The
Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The
Washington Post as well as in a variety of professional
journals, such as Teachers College Record and
The History Teacher.
has appeared on a wide range of television and radio shows,
including Fox News, The Diane Rehm Show and
Morning Edition. Recently, Dr. Gibbon debated historian
Howard Zinn on NPR on the subject of Teaching Patriotism
in Time of War. He was one of twelve educators from
around the country invited to participate in the 2003 White
House Forum on History, Civics and Service Education.
Gibbon graduated from Harvard College and has a Ph.D. from
Columbia Teachers College.
In his presentations, Dr. Gibbon argues that heroic ideals
are fundamental to the enterprise of American liberty and
to the very fabric of our nation's culture. In tracing the
evolution of our collective vision of greatness from the age
of our founders to today's celebrity-obsessed media age, he
concludes that although our reverence for these ideals may
have eroded along the way, we now have a unique opportunity
to forge a new understanding of what it means to be a hero,
one that will fortify the next generation of American leaders
as we engage the challenges that lie ahead.
gives speeches, seminars and workshops at business and educational
conventions; in schools, colleges and churches; and at a variety
of institutions. In a post-September 11 world, his message
could not be more timely.
FOR PETER GIBBON, SPEAKER
Attendees at our annual state convention enjoyed a brisk,
erudite, entertaining presentation focused on real heroes.
His is an elevating talk with universal appeal.
Ed Auble, President, The Pennsylvania Association of Insurance
and Financial Advisors
was a most interesting and thought provoking talk, and the
Q and A which followed was equally interesting...the students
were absorbed by your presentation...
William K. Kilpatrick, Boston College
other guest speaker in my memory has had this much impact
Robert N. Kroncke, Milwaukee Public Schools
presentations encouraged valuable discussion about heroes
history and popular culture, not only while you were visiting
but in the ensuing days as well.
Robert Davidson, History & Social Studies Dept., Whitman-Hanson
Regional High School (MA)
PRAISE FOR PETER GIBBON, AUTHOR
Dr. Peter Gibbon's book could not be more timely as
we look around to identify those in our lives who are making
up a new generation of heroes.
George E. Pataki, Governor of New York
and provocative. Peter Gibbon's book should be lively fare
for classrooms and board rooms throughout the country."
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian
book is a delightful Grand Tour, taking us from war to sports
to great literature. You will enjoy it."
Jay Mathews, Education reporter, The Washington Post
and inspiring. . . Heroes, Gibbon says, 'instruct us in greatness
... [and] remind us of our better selves.' Those reminders
are a gift. So is Gibbon's book.
Marilyn Gardner, The Christian Science Monitor
compelling book that tells of an important and civic moral
and psychological matter with great clarity and thoughtfulness."
Robert Coles, Harvard professor
the nation yearning powerfully for inspiration and leadership,
A Call to Heroism could hardly be more timely."
Michael Medved, Film Critic and Nationally Syndicated Radio
[reminds] us that real heroes are not celebrities but those
whose lives are devoted to the highest ideals of society."
Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor at Harvard
Redefining Heroism for an Information Age
Ashamed of Our Past: Why Revisionism No Longer Works
Who Needs Heroes Anyway?
Bumping Into God