Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Chair at AEI. He was the chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. He has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, seeks to promote American identity, character and citizenship. Along with co-editors Amy Kass and Diana Schaub, Dr. Kass is presently working to expand this project by creating video discussions and curricula materials that demonstrate how short stories can be used to enhance our understanding of the Meaning of America.
Member, 2005-2007; Chairman, 2002-2005, President's Council on Bioethics
Senior Fellow, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, 1991-2001
Senior Fellow and Associate Director, John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, University of Chicago, 1986-2001
Professor, The College and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 1976-2001
W. H. Brady Jr. Distinguished Fellow, AEI, 1991-92, 1998-99
Member, Vice-Chairman, and Committee Chairman, National Council on the Humanities/National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984-91
Research Professor in Bioethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 1974-76
Tutor, St. John's College, 1972-76
Executive Secretary, Committee on the Life Sciences and Social Policy, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, 1970-72
Staff Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 1967-70
Surgeon, U.S. Public Health Service, 1967-69
Intern, Beth Israel Hospital, 1962-63
Ph.D, biochemistry, Harvard University
M.D., honors; B.S., biology, honors, University of Chicago
Thanksgiving is a venerable and much beloved American holiday. But what do we celebrate on Thanksgiving? This collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the meaning of Thanksgiving Day, with selections by American authors such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jack London, Langston Hughes, Sarah Orne Jewett and O. Henry, to name just a few.
Each November 11, our nation commemorates Veterans Day. But what does the holiday mean, and how do we properly observe it? This collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the evolving meaning of Veterans Day, with selections by American authors and statesmen. To learn more about the What So Proudly We Hail project, and for more resources, head to www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org.
I am deeply moved and honored more than I can say by this award from my esteemed colleagues and friends at AEI, and especially because of its association with the name and memory of Irving Kristol, a man for all seasons. Irving Kristol was my teacher, editor, mentor, patron, and...
The American Enterprise Institute's Council of Academic Advisers honors Leon R. Kass, recipient of the Institute's 2012 Irving Kristol Award. The Irving Kristol Award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary intellectual or practical contributions to improved government policy, social welfare, or...
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur C. Brooks has announced that AEI scholar Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the recipient of AEI’s 2012 Irving Kristol Award. Dr. Kass will receive the award and deliver the Irving Kristol Lecture at AEI’s annual dinner on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
In one of a series of events and conversations about the meaning of the American calendar, Amy A. Kass (Hudson Institute) and Leon R. Kass (AEI) seek to restore America's fading national memory with a celebration of the holiday by its original and proper name: Washington's Birthday.