Event: ‘The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern’



TIME: 12:30 – 13:30, Tuesday 8th March 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 2a, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW

SPEAKER: Tod Lindberg, author of The Heroic Heart and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


How do we define what makes a hero in the modern world today and how do the heroes of today differ from the heroes of the past? The pursuit of greatness was once the defining act of heroism, but today this vision has changed. From Achilles, to the firefighters who worked nonstop during the 9/11 attacks in the Twin Towers, the overall style of heroism from ancient to modern has shifted from that of the classical hero figure who “slayed lives” but asserted a claim of superiority over others in order to do so, to that of “lifesaver” or what author Tod Lindberg terms as “ego versus generosity”.

By kind invitation of Lord Arbuthnot, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Tod Lindberg who will discuss his new book The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern and explain how personal sacrifice defines the modern face of heroism, how the evolution of the concepts of heroes and heroism helped develop Western Civilisation, and what this means for the spread of freedom, democracy and equality today.

Speaker Biography:

Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and national security, mainly on improving international cooperation for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. He established Hoover’s Washington, D.C. office in 2001 and remains based primarily there. From 1999 until 2013, he was editor of Policy Review. Previously, he served in senior editorial positions at the Washington Times and was the founding executive editor of the National Interest and an editor at the Public Interest.

More recently, he served as lead of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the 2008 Genocide Prevention Task Force convened by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. He also served as coordinator for the task group on Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace’s 2005 Task Force on the United Nations (the Gingrich-Mitchell task force). He is currently working with his long-time collaborator Lee Feinstein on a major report for the Holocaust Museum on transatlantic cooperation on atrocity prevention.


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