Norwood-Fontbonne Academy welcomes Esteemed Alumnus General H.R. McMaster ’76 as part of its Centennial Speaker Series

(Philadelphia, PA) – Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic independent academy for students in preschool through eighth grade, is honored to welcome General H.R. McMaster ’76, as he discusses his recently published book, BATTLEGROUNDS, on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 p.m.

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BATTLEGROUNDS is a groundbreaking reassessment of America’s place in the world, drawing from McMaster’s long engagement with these issues, including 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with multiple tours of duty in battlegrounds overseas and his 13 months as National Security Advisor in the Trump White House. It is also a powerful call for Americans and citizens of the free world to transcend the vitriol of partisan political discourse, better educate themselves about the most significant challenges to national and international security and work together to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.

About General H.R. McMaster:

H.R. MCMASTER is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. A native of Philadelphia, McMaster graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He served as an Army officer for thirty-four years and retired as a Lieutenant General in 2018. He remained on active duty while serving as the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He taught history at West Point and holds a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From Lt. General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army, ret., the former National Security Advisor and author of the bestselling classic Dereliction of Duty, comes a bold and provocative re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security.

Across multiple administrations since the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy has been misconceived, inconsistent, and poorly implemented. As a result, America and the free world have fallen behind rivals in power and influence. Meanwhile threats to security, freedom, and prosperity, such as nuclear proliferation and jihadist terrorism have grown. In BATTLEGROUNDS, McMaster describes efforts to reassess and fundamentally shift policies while he was National Security Advisor. And he provides a clear pathway forward to improve strategic competence and prevail in complex competitions against our adversaries.

About Norwood-Fontbonne Academy:

At Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, children from a diverse and inclusive community of families come together for an independent experience like no other.

Inspired by the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph that “all may be one,” our students cultivate unity with God, their “dear neighbor,” the school, and each other.

NFA empowers students through a self-directed approach to learning that permeates beyond its classrooms. Here, students own their education and explore their potential as they’re challenged to shape a more compassionate and socially responsible society. By actively engaging in stimulating academic pursuits, extensive co-curricular offerings, and immersive service opportunities, students grow into independent learners and confident leaders.

Battlegrounds book cover


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Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

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