"How to Start a Civic Renaissance"
When Alexandra Hudson served at the U.S. Department of Education as an aid to Secretary Betsy DeVos, imagine her surprise when she discovered that the institution—the single largest educational organization in the entire world—did not seem to care about education.
At least, it didn’t care about the vision of education that she had come to know and love: as a tool to unlock human potential, to craft the soul and to cultivate the character of students, and to orient student’s loves toward the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
Alexandra is the product of an education in the Classical Christian tradition—both formally in the classroom and informally in a Christ-centered home that nourished a love of learning. Throughout her life, Alexandra came to cherish the Christian humanist tradition, the Great Books, and the liberal arts.
This is why Alexandra was surprised to discover first-hand that the modern “Education Industry,” as she calls it, had come so far away from the model of Christian classical educational model grounded in great ideas and questions about the human condition that has nourished the hearts and minds of men and women for thousands of years.
Alexandra left the U.S. Department of Education discouraged and determined to re-invigorate classical learning in our nation today. She started Civic Renaissance, a publication and intellectual community dedicated to questions surrounding reviving the humanities today.
How might proponents of classical Christian learning articulate its essence and promise in a way that might engage a broader audience and have compelling cultural staying power? What historical precedents can we look to and learn from for how to do this well? Why is this needed now more than ever? Join Alexandra in this conversation as she shares her story and explores these pressing questions about the future of classical Christian learning in America today.
Alexandra Hudson is passionate about the way ideas, storytelling, and beauty can change people’s lives. She is the curator of Civic Renaissance, a newsletter and intellectual community dedicated to lifelong learning, goodness, truth, and healing our public discourse through reviving the wisdom of the past. She is an award-winning writer and journalist currently writing a book on civility and civic revival for St. Martin’s Press, one of the top five largest publishing houses in the world.
Alexandra earned her Masters degree in Public Policy at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar, and has served at the local, state and federal levels of government and public policy—including a recent appointment at the US Department of Education where she helped administer a budget of $16 billion.
From Vancouver to Orlando, and from Sydney to Paris, Alexandra is an in-demand speaker, frequently engaging audiences both across North America and around the word.
A former Novak Journalism Fellow, she regularly contributes to Fox News, CBS News, and other television outlets, and also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, POLITICO, and Newsweek, among other outlets. She has been recognized as among Vancouver’s “Top 20 Under 20,” and her work has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, The Indianapolis Star, and among other local, national, and international outlets.
She lives with her husband and son in Indianapolis, Indiana, where you can find them enjoying classic films, dabbling in water color, or reading a Platonic dialogue.