Lynne Cheney to Speak at Cedarville University Commencement

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-Lynne V. Cheney, author, scholar, and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, will speak at Cedarville University`s commencement exercises Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m. in the University`s Recreation Center. Dr. Cheney has earned a reputation as a forceful advocate for improving education in America and has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing history and teaching it well. Currently, as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cheney`s research emphasizes the value of knowing our nation`s history. She says, "One of the important lessons we can learn is that freedom isn`t inevitable. This realization should make the liberty we enjoy all the more important to us, all the more worth defending." Dr. Cheney served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In this role, she was a national spokesperson for education reform and issued numerous reports advocating historical literacy. She published "American Memory," a report that warned about the failure of schools to transmit knowledge of the past to upcoming generations. Dr. Cheney wrote, "A system of education that fails to nurture memory of the past denies its students a great deal: the satisfactions of mature thought, an attachment to abiding concerns, a perspective on human existence." Dr. Cheney is the author or co-author of seven books, including her 1995 "Telling the Truth," which analyzed the effect of postmodernism on study in the humanities. Her most recent books, released in 2002 and 2003, are books for children that celebrate America`s story. "America: A Patriotic Primer" explains the ideas and ideals on which the United States was founded. "A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women" captures the inspirational contributions made by women throughout America`s past. Dr. Cheney is donating her net proceeds from both children`s books to charity. Dr. Cheney earned her bachelor of arts degree with highest honors from Colorado College, her master of arts degree from the University of Colorado, and her Ph.D. with a specialization in 19th century British literature from the University of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of awards and honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities. Cedarville University is a Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Located on a 400-acre campus in southwestern Ohio near Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, it offers more than 100 programs of study to 3,000 students from across the country and around the world. For directions to the University and a campus map, visit For more information about Cedarville University's 2004 commencement activities, visit . -Cedarville-