News and Site Highlights Archives
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Lectures by Kirk; Lectures about Kirk
The Olin Online Lecture Library at ISI features several audio lectures by Russell Kirk, as well as several new video and audio lectures about Kirk and his legacy by such scholars as W. Wesley McDonald, Ted McAlister, Michael P. Federici, George H. Nash, Gleaves Whitney, and Allan C. Carlson.
Stanlis on Burke and Frost
The Bookman is pleased to publish an interview with Peter J. Stanlis, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at Rockford College and one of the foremost scholars of Edmund Burke and Robert Frost. Stanlis’s groundbreaking work, Edmund Burke and the Natural Law (1958), forever changed the way scholars view Burke’s work. Stanlis placed Burke firmly in the tradition of Western natural law reasoning. Stanlis has also published a number of essays and articles on Frost, including Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher (2007).
Bookman in Colombia
On December 15, El Heraldo, one of Colombia’s largest newspapers, published a Spanish version of Michael J. Ard’s review, “Latin America’s Five Deadly Sins,” which appeared in our Spring 2007 issue. Here is the link.
Bookman Web Exclusives
We are pleased to announce web-only reviews as a new feature of the University Bookman. This new content will enable us to reach our readers more regularly with reviews of notable books, interviews, and other features. Our first online feature—ironically—is a review of Wendell Berry’s novel, Andy Catlett. Check back often for new exclusive content!
New Bookman and Barzun
The new issue of the University Bookman is on its way. Featuring a special section on the humane economy, the issue includes reviews of books on agrarianism, Wendell Berry, Tocqueville, the commercial society, and other subjects. As a preview, here is Tracy Lee Simmons’s essay honoring the critic and essayist Jacques Barzun, who turns 100 this November 30. We encourage you to subscribe here, because you won’t want to miss this issue!
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.