Marco Respinti

Marco Respinti is a Milan-based journalist, a Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center, and the Director of the Centro Studi Russell Kirk.


He was born in Milan, Italy, in 1964, where he continues to live and work today. Marco is a Roman Catholic, married and the father of two sons. He is a journalist, essayist, translator, and lecturer.

A scholar of Anglo-American conservative thought, he contributes to such daily national newspapers as Libero, Il Foglio, cronache di liberal, Il Tempo, and l’Occidentale, Ragionpolitica, il Quintuplo and 1 Channel (online), as well as to the weekly magazines Tempi and Oggi, the monthly journals Il Timone and Radici Cristiane, and the quarterly Cristianità.

From its founding in August 2002 and up to its discontinuation in November 2009, he worked as a Senior Editor at il Domenicale, the first and only Italian independent national weekly magazine of culture based in Milan, Italy, serving also as its Managing Editor from March 2009. Then, from its founding in November 2010 and up to its discontinuation in April 2012, he worked at La Bussola Quotidiana, a Roman Catholic daily journal of opinion.

Marco studied Philosophy and History at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, and since the early 1990s has written for several newspapers, journals, and magazines. In 1998 he became a journalist [giornalista pubblicista] until 2005 and was then accredited and enrolled in the Italian guild of journalists upon passing the required exam [giornalista professionista]. His journalistic activities, consistently in the field of culture, include hundreds of articles, reviews, short and long essays, notes, opinions, comments, editorials, and regular columns published in various newspapers, journals, and magazines in Italy and abroad, among which are il Domenicale, Il Foglio, il Giornale, Libero, Secolo d’Italia, Avvenire, l’Occidentale, Ragionpolitica, La Bussola Quotidiana, L’Indipendente, Ideazione, Charta Minuta, Fondazione Liberal, cronache di liberal, L’Opinione, Cristianità, Studi Cattolici, Fogli, Tracce, Percorsi di cultura politica (also in the capacity of “direttore responsabile”), Il Timone, Radici Cristiane, Historia, Frontiere, Cultura & Identità, La Voce di Romagna, Formiche, L’Arno, Gazzetta Ticinese (Italian-speaking Switzerland), The Intercollegiate Review, The University Bookman, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (United States), Right Now! (Great Britain), and Projección Mundial (Mexico). As a commentator, he also appears on radio and television shows.

His activities as an editorial consultant and adviser for journals, magazines, and publishing houses in Italy developed through the years while he worked variously as a contributor to a number of publications, a high school teacher, and as a mentor for professional schools in journalism, prior to working as a full-time journalist.

He is a frequent lecturer on various subjects and a radio show host. Originally mentored in the United States of America by the late Russell Kirk, D. Litt. (1918–1994), he has been involved in Anglo-American conservative circles since 1989, attending, through the years and up to the present, numerous summer schools, lectures, and public events, interviewing notable people, collecting memoirs, periodicals, and books, and being a guest at The Philadelphia Society.

His attention to this world of ideas and principles is his foremost professional and scholarly interest and goal.

A Senior Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, in Mecosta, Michigan, since 1996, he is the General Director of its Italian branch, the Centro Studi Russell Kirk, based in Milan.

He is also President of the Columbia Institute, a cultural and educational organization devoted to serve and protect the Western heritage of life, liberties, and property, operating toward the restoration of the humane and virtuous society of responsible citizens, limited government, free enterprise, natural family, and traditional moral values.

Marco was present at the first Vanenburg Society meeting held in the Vanenburg Castle near Putten, in the Netherlands, in 2006, which, through the efforts of De Edmund Burke Stichting of The Hague, the Netherlands, called for the renewal of European culture. He also attended the third meeting, in Madrid, 2008, as well as the fourth, in Budapest, 2009. Prior to the fourth meeting, at the request of its Board of Trustees, he formally joined the Vanenburg Society and its offspring, the Center for European Renewal, based in The Hague, as a Founding Member. In Spring 2010 Marco joined the Board of Trustees of CER.

An alumnus and a speaker at the Leadership Institute (Arlington, Va.), Marco has also lectured widely outside Italy, including at various places in the United States for the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (Wilmington, De.) and Young America’s Foundation (Herndon, Va.); in Great Britain for the Italian Cultural Institute of London; in the Czech Republic for the Občanský Institut–Civic Institute of Prague; in Madrid, Spain, invited by Instituto de Estudios de la Democracia, Cátedra de pensamiento político “Alexis de Tocqueville,” at the Colegio Mayor Universitario de San Pablo; in the Netherlands at Vanenburg Castle; and in Budapest, Hungary, for the Center for European Renewal.

He has translated and edited works by Edmund Burke, Charles Dickens, Thomas Stearns Eliot, Russell Kirk, J. R. R. Tolkien, Colin Duriez, Régine Pernoud and Gustave Thibon.

Specifically, he has published:

For magazines and periodicals Marco has also translated and edited dozens of articles or essays by notable conservative scholars and authors: among them, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Flannery O’Connor, Christopher Dawson, Ronald W. Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Gerhart Niemeyer, Peter J. Stanlis, Russell Kirk, Roger Scruton, Lee Edwards, Joshua Muravchik, Patrick J. Buchanan, Michael Novak, E. Christian Kopff, George Weigel, Gleaves Whitney, Clyde N. Wilson, Derek Turner, Annette Y. Kirk and Jeffrey O. Nelson.

Among his contributions to books, notable are the essays:

He has also published, with Enrico Passaro, the book Paganesimo e cristianesimo in Tolkien. Le due tesi a confronto [“Paganism and Christianity in Tolkien: Confronting the Two Thesis”], Il Minotauro, Roma 2004, and contributed two essays in the book, edited by Gianfranco De Turris, “Albero” di Tolkien. Come “Il Signore degli Anelli” ha segnato la cultura del nostro tempo [“‘Tree’ by Tolkien: How ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Has Marked the Culture of Our Times”], Bompiani, Milano 2007.

Marco is the author of:

The Italian translations of Régine Pernoud’s Villa Paradis: souvenirs (1992), published as Villa Paradis. Luci e ombre del XX secolo (Gribaudi, 2005), as well as William A. Dembski’s Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology (1999), published as Intelligent design. Il ponte fra scienza e teologia (Alfa & Omega, Caltanissetta 2007), bear Marco’s introductions. The Italian translation of Christopher Dawson’s The Dividing of Christendom (1965), published in 2009 by D’Ettoris Editore in Crotone as La divisione della Cristianità Occidentale, edited by Paolo Mazzeranghi, begins with his presentation, and the Italian translation of Thomas E Woods, Jr.’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History (2004), published in 2012 by D’Ettoris Editore in Crotone as Guida politicamente scorretta alla storia degli Stati Uniti d’America, edited by Maurizio Brunetti, starts with an “Invitation to Reading” of his.

In 2008 Marco was nominated as the Coordinator for Italy for the World Congress of Families based in Rockford, Illinois.

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To live with a gnawing grudge against one’s own civilization is the way to a personal Hell, not to a Terrestrial Paradise.

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Roots in Russian

Newsletter coverThe Spring 2018 Permanent Things Newsletter is now available. News items include an announcement of Russell Kirk’s The Roots of American Order recently published in Russian for the first time. Translator Dr. Marina Kizima, a professor at Moscow State Institute, was a Wilbur Fellow at the Kirk Center while researching and writing on American literature, culture, and intellectual traditions.

May 2018

In Memoriam: Sally Sluhan Wright (1947–2018)

Sally Wright, a long-time family friend of the Kirks and the Kirk Center, passed away on June 15, 2018. Her father Clyde Sluhan, founder of Master Chemical Company in Ohio, and his wife Marian were great friends of Russell Kirk. The Sluhans exchanged many visits with the Kirks and on one occasion brought Count Nikolai Tolstoy, the Russian-English writer and politician, to visit the Kirks.

Sally was a prolific writer of mystery novels and an Edgar Alan Poe Award Finalist. Sally’s Ben Reese series chronicles the investigations of a WWII Ranger turned academic archivist in six mysteries that unfold in Britain, the U.S., and Italy where he researches arcane artifacts while seeking some sort of justice for the victims of unsolved murders. In her Jo Grant mystery series, the story is driven by the conflicts and emotional connections in three family businesses in the horse industry in Kentucky in the early 1960s. The University Bookman reviewed both series in an essay called “The Moral Imagination in the Mystery Novels of Sally Wright” by Ashlee Cowles.

Reviewers have compared her work to that of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey, Margery Allingham, and Ngaio Marsh. Sally said that her literary influences ranged from all of those to Tolstoy and Jane Austen. “And yet it’s C. S. Lewis who’s probably influenced me most, through the whole body of his work, as a thinker, a person, and a writer,” she wrote. “In his Chronicles of Narnia and his metaphysical novels, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters, he uses popular fiction to talk about what T. S. Eliot called ‘the permanent things’—consideration of morality, of origin, and spiritual meaning. It was those books that started me thinking about writing mysteries to begin with.”

Sally and her husband Joe were stalwart supporters of the Kirk Center. In honor of her memory, the Kirk Center is featuring the extensive personal interview that Sally conducted with Dr. Kirk.

Jun 2018

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Seminars This Spring

For a long weekend in March, Hillsdale College Honors Students gathered at the Kirk Center to explore the theme “Man as Maker in Moral Perspective.” Professor of Classics Eric Hutchinson guided the students on the complex topics of transhumanism and cloning, followed by readings from Ray Bradbury’s science fiction stories. Although the March winds deterred students from an afternoon walk, they rounded out the weekend with piano-playing and singing at the Kirk house.

Hillsdale Seminar March 2018

On April 26–29, the Kirk Center welcomes this year’s recipients of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s prestigious Richard M. Weaver Fellowships for a seminar about Plato’s writings on education, sponsored by The Liberty Fund of Indianapolis. Since 1964, the Weaver Fellowship Program has identified and supported graduate students committed to freedom-oriented teaching at the college level. This year, fifteen students from across the country were selected as Weaver Fellows. Dr. David Corey, professor of Political Science at Baylor University, and Dr. Richard Gamble, professor of history at Hillsdale College, will lead the discussions.

Apr 2018