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The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal continues in the work of American writer and thinker Russell Kirk (1918–1994) through a variety of publications, seminars, and residential fellowships.

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Highlights

Kirk’s ongoing influence

We recently updated our page tracking people’s responses to the life and thought of Russell Kirk. In 2015, then-Governor Mike Pence noted that he hasn’t “taken a vacation in the last 25 years without a Russell Kirk book under my arm.” Seems like a good idea. (If you have other links to recommend for that page, please contact us.)

Jul 2017

Release of 2017 number of Studies in Burke and His Time

SBHT26 Cover The Edmund Burke Society of America announces a new issue of their journal, Studies in Burke and His Time. Volume 26 (2016–2017) features papers from a 2016 conference marking the completion of the Oxford University Press edition of Burke’s Writings and Speeches. The journal is being released as a PDF and is now available for download.

Jul 2017

Historical Marker Project

In preparation for the upcoming centennial of the birth of Russell Kirk, we are pleased to announce a small campaign to fund a historical marker in his birthplace of Plymouth, Michigan. For more details and to participate, please visit the GoFundMe campaign site. The project is being coordinated by Bart Smith, a former Wilbur Fellow.

Jul 2017

Featured video

A panel at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, with Jon Lauck as moderator and presentations from Gleaves Whitney, James Person, and James Seaton.