News and Site Highlights Archives

(Also see our newsletter, Permanent Things.)

The first Bookman e-book!

In honor of the great historian John Lukacs, who turns ninety in 2014, we are delighted to announce publication of the first e-book from the University Bookman. The Bookman on John Lukacs features essays and reviews by and about Lukacs gathered from fifty years of our archives. This convenient collection of scholarship is available as a Kindle edition from Amazon.com.

Feb 2014

The Conservative Mind at Sixty—in St Andrews

Nash, Bentley and WillettsAnnette Kirk and several friends and Wilbur Fellows traveled in October to Saint Andrews, Scotland, as part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of publication of The Conservative Mind. Alvino-Mario Fantini has written an article for The American Conservative about the remembrance there. The trip included tours of the university and visits to sites important to Russell Kirk, including Kellie Castle, where Dr. Kirk resided and wrote many of his books. Several photos from the trip have been posted to an album on our Facebook page.

Jan 2014

Fall Newsletter

We are pleased to release the Fall 2013 Permanent Things, the latest number of the Russell Kirk Center newsletter, featuring updates on recent events and seminars at the Center—and marking 40 years of ISI seminars at the Center! 

Dec 2013

McConnell Seminar and Video

Photo courtesy McConnell CenterDr. Gary L. Gregg, Director of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, brought students from the McConnell Center to the Russell Kirk Center on Labor Day weekend to discuss Russell Kirk’s book The Conservative Mind on the 60th anniversary of its publication. Speakers at the seminar titled “Is there a Conservative Mind for the 21st Century?” included Annette Kirk, Dr. Gleaves Whitney, and Dr. Vigen Guroian. This short video from the McConnell Center captures some of the weekend.

Sep 2013

Liberty Forum on The Conservative Mind

We are delighted to see that Liberty Fund’s Liberty Forum has hosted a symposium to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. It features an essay by Gerald J. Russello on “Russell Kirk’s Unwritten Constitutionalism” with responses by Gary L. Gregg II, Bradley J. Birzer, and James Matthew Wilson.

Jul 2013

Wishing him well . . .

The Russell Kirk Center extends its good wishes to Edwin Feulner on his retirement as president of The Heritage Foundation. We have deeply appreciated his long-time support of Russell Kirk’s thought and look forward to Ed’s ongoing contributions to American public life. It is appropriate to highlight on this occasion this classic Feulner essay on the roots of modern conservative thought from Burke to Kirk (also available as a PDF). And watch shortly for a review of Lee Edwards’s new book, Leading the Way: The Story of Ed Feulner and the Heritage Foundation in the University Bookman.

May 2013

Conservative Mind at 60

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Russell Kirk’s influential book, The Conservative Mind. Kirk Center Vice-Chairman Jeffrey O. Nelson has written an op-ed for the Detroit News to celebrate the occasion and offer an assessment of the conservative movement today.

Mar 2013

Welcome New Readers

We’re delighted to have many new readers on the site this week. Welcome! Please browse around the site and follow us on Twitter @ubookman or sign up for our mailing list, above.

Jan 2013

Annette Kirk Remembers Valerie Eliot

Kirk Center President Annette Kirk has written a brief remembrance of Valerie Eliot, their meetings, and the literary friendship of their late husbands.

Nov 2012

Fall Newsletter

We are pleased to release the Fall 2012 Permanent Things, the latest number of the Russell Kirk Center newsletter, featuring updates on recent events and seminars at the Center. 

Nov 2012

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Kirk was convinced that in our age, the unimagined life is not worth living for a human being. He labored to reform our sensibilities, so that we could see ourselves both for what we are and for what we have become. He labored to make available an intellectual tradition of dissent from the modern age. He labored to release our hearts from the bondage of ideology.

Mark Henrie

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