News and Site Highlights Archives
(Also see our newsletter, Permanent Things.)
New Senior Fellow
We are delighted to announce that James E. Person Jr. has been named a Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center. Mr. Person is a long-time friend of the Center. He is a publishing manager, writer, and editor at large, and the author, among other books of Russell Kirk: A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind (1999). Currently he is editing the forthcoming Selected Letters of Russell Kirk.
The latest number of the Russell Kirk Center newsletter (Fall 2011) has just been posted. It features a profile of the new complete Kirk Bibliography, compiled by our archivist, Charles C. Brown. It also includes an interview with Márcia Xavier de Brito, who is translating many works of Kirk into Portuguese. You can download it, and past issues, here.
We are deeply sorry to learn of the death of Fred Meijer. Meijer was a philanthropist par excellence and beloved by all in Michigan who knew him. Readers interested in his life and legacy may be interested to see Jim Person’s review of his biography published in the University Bookman last year.
Annette Kirk and Jeffrey O. Nelson both contributed tributes to a memorial page for Mr. Charles H. Hoeflich (1914–2011), a long-time friend and financial supporter of the Kirk Center who died recently. The Kirk Center is deeply grateful for his support and commemorates a long and fruitful life.
Kirk Audio at ISI
We commend to your attention the John M. Olin Online Lecture Library at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which hosts several lectures about Russell Kirk and his influence by scholars including Ted McAlister, Michael P. Federici, W. Wesley McDonald, George H. Nash, Gleaves Whitney, and Allan C. Carlson. It also hosts more than twenty-five audio lectures by Russell Kirk.
In time for Halloween, “Ghostly Kirk,” a site that tracks the ghostly tales of Russell Kirk, is now on the web, courtesy of Jeff Pearce.
Russello around the web
Here’s a round-up of recent writings by Bookman editor Gerald Russello elsewhere on the Internet and in print. • At the Imaginative Conservative Russello responds to Claes Ryn’s argument that conservatives have failed the culture. • He reviews Gregory Wolfe’s Beauty Will Save the World in the October edition of Chronicles. • At the National Catholic Register he discusses a recent Colorado religious liberty case denying families access to funds for private education, based on an outdated reading of a bigoted “Blaine”-style amendment. • In The Wilson Quarterly, he reviews Why Trilling Matters.
McAllister on Kirk
The Imaginative Conservative blog has posted an excerpt and link to an essay by Pepperdine’s Ted McAllister on Kirk’s Conservative Mind that is worth a look: “What was then more readily an act of preservation has become today an act of recovery.”
Russello in the WSJ
Gerald Russello reviews Michael Toth’s book on founding father Oliver Ellsworth in the Wall Street Journal: “Uniting the Nation.”
Imaginative Conservative series and other items of note
A few items to call to your attention:
• Our friends at The Imaginative Conservative are running a series of posts on “books that make us human” that’s well worth a look. • They also ran an item recently on early work of Russell Kirk and his libertarian or merely anti-statist tendencies.
• James Poulos writes at the Daily Caller on “The horrible truth behind the war on the middle class.”
• A transcript of James Kalb interviewing the mathematician and architectural theorist Nikos Salingaros on architecture and urbanism is available from the Philadelphia Society (PDF).