News and Site Highlights Archives
(Also see our newsletter, Permanent Things.)
The Conservative Mind at Sixty—in St Andrews
Annette 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.
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!
McConnell Seminar and Video
Dr. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Valerie Eliot (1926–2012)
We honor the life and memory of Valerie Eliot, who died earlier this month. Kirk Center Secretary Dr. Ben Lockerd has written a brief memorial for a charming lady who carefully guarded her husband’s literary legacy.