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2007 Speaker - Dr. Bruce S. Thornton

Professor of Classics and Humanities, California State University, Fresno

A native of Fresno County, California, Dr. Bruce S. Thornton received his bachelor’s degree in Latin from the University of California Los Angeles in 1975, where he graduated magna cum laude. He continued his education at UCLA, earning his doctoral degree in 1983 in the field of Comparative Literature, specializing in Greek, Latin, and English. Dr. Thornton is presently Professor of Classics and Humanities at the California State University in Fresno, CA.

An accomplished author, Dr. Thornton has published seven books and over fifty essays and reviews. His works include the titles:

  • Eros the Killer: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality (1997)
  • Plagues of the Mind: The New Epidemic of False Knowledge (1999)
  • Humanities Handbook (2000)
  • Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization (2000)
  • Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in an Impoverished Age (2001)
  • Searching for Joaquin: Myth and History in California (2003)
  • A Student’s Guide to the Classics (2003)

He has been frequently published in The New Individualist, The National Herald, and Arion, among others. His writings cover a multitude of subjects ranging from ancient culture and civilization to current political issues. He is a constant presence on-line, both as a reviewer and a writer.

Dr. Thornton is not only a distinguished author, but a brilliant educator as well. He began his career in the classroom as an educator at his alma mater, serving as a teaching associate in the Comparative Literature Department at UCLA between 1980 and 1982. After his departure from UCLA, other teaching positions included:

  • Lecturer, English Department, Kings River Community College (1983-1985)
  • Part-time lecturer, English Department, California State University, Fresno (CSUF) (1982-1985)
  • Lecturer, English Department, CSUF (1985-1989)
  • Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities, CSUF (1989-1991)
  • Associate Professor of Classics and Humanities, CSUF (1991-1996)
  • Professor of Classics and Humanities, Department Chairman, CSUF (1996-2000)
  • Professor of Classics and Humanities Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Honors Program, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, CSUF (2000-present)

Dr. Thornton has appeared on television programs such as The History Channel, Politically Incorrect, and Uncommon Knowledge. He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institute and the Air Force Academy, and the Hellenic Ideals Program welcomes Dr. Thornton as the 2007 Greene Settle Lecturer.

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