News and Site Highlights Archives
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Berkowitz on the Essential Russell Kirk
“Conserving Russell Kirk” in Policy Review. This article elegantly addresses some recent public controversies and is worth your attention.
Gerald Russello has done an interview with John J. Miller at National Review Online discussing his new book on Kirk’s thought.
Nash Heritage Lecture
Senior Fellow George H. Nash spoke at the Heritage Foundation on June 22, 2007 to give the Russell Kirk Lecture on Kirk’s life and legacy and to celebrate the release of The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays. You can view the lecture or listen to the MP3 audio here. The transcript (plus pdf) is available here.
Two Essays on the Imagination
We have added to the web site two pieces by Russell Kirk that touch on the moral imagination. First, “The Moral Imagination,” a 1981 essay that describes the concept. Second is “Is Life Worth Living?” the epilogue of Kirk’s autobiography, The Sword of Imagination. Both are posted under the Kirk’s Thought section.
Wall Street Journal
We were pleased to see the aptly titled op-ed “The Conservative Mind” by Peter Berkowitz in The Wall Street Journal on May 29, 2007. Very clearly written and helpful.
C-SPAN Radio Broadcast
C-SPAN Radio’s American Political Archive program will be broadcasting for the first time ever a conversation between Russell Kirk and the late liberal social critic Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., recorded in the late 1970s. It will broadcast live on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00AM EST on XM Satellite channel 132 as well as in the DC listening area on WCSP 90.1 FM. They should have archives available after the broadcast.
Senior Fellow George H. Nash has participated in a two-part interview for the weblog Right Reason on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary edition of his Conservative Intellectual Movement in America. Part I can be found here, and Part II here.
New Books to Watch For
Several Kirk-related books will be published in 2007.
Gerald J. Russello’s The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk, a fresh approach to Dr. Kirk’s thought driven by Kirk’s understanding of the imagination, will be released from University of Missouri Press in July 2007 (ISBN 978-0-8262-1720-2). Details available in their 2007 PDF catalog, or you can download this PDF flyer. The Amazon item page is here.
A new edition of Kirk’s gothic novel Old House of Fear will be published by Eerdmans in April 2007.
New Burke Journal
Studies in Burke and His Time is now being published by the Edmund Burke Society in association with the Russell Kirk Center. It is an annual, edited by Joseph Pappin III.
Nash Book Edition
Senior Fellow George H. Nash’s influential book, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, has been re-issued in a thirtieth anniversary edition by ISI Books with a new preface and epilogue (Amazon link).