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Strengthening America’s Tradition of Order, Justice & Freedom

The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal aims to recover, conserve, and enliven those enduring norms and principles that Russell Kirk (1918–1994) called the Permanent Things. Explore the Center’s programs, publications, and fellowships and join with us to continue Kirk’s work to renew our culture and redeem our time.

At the Kirk Center


Seminar participants’ reactions to the “Writing and the Moral Imagination Workshop” and the 2023 interns intellectual retreat

Harvard’s John Adams Society meets at the Kirk Center. 

Classic Kirk: “What Did Americans Inherit from the Ancients?”


October 25, 7 pm EDT | The Book Gallery: James Panero explores Kirk’s novel Old House of Fear
Register here. 

November 15, 6 pm | The Gerald Russello Memorial Lecture. 
Join the University Bookman and friends for a talk by Dr. Dermot Quinn, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Seton Hall University, followed by a reception in honor of the late Gerald Russello, longtime editor of the Bookman.
Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, New York City. 
Sign up at this link.

December 5, 6 pm | Adapting Conservatism for the Current Generation
On the 70th anniversary of The Conservative Mind, join the Kirk Center to hear from a panel of rising conservative leaders during this special evening event.
The Mayflower Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, Washington, D.C.
Register here. 

On Campus

Explore Kirk On Campus

Russell Kirk understood his work was to convey to America’s rising generations an understanding of the process by which a healthy culture is transmitted from age to age.

We’re continuing this important work through Kirk on Campus as we host conversations about the permanent things on campuses across Michigan. We hope you’ll join us at an event, and help us prepare tomorrow’s leaders with an appreciation of the richness of the conservative intellectual tradition.

From the University Bookman

Why Beauty Matters   

Why Beauty Matters   

“…the cultivation of beauty is an education in itself, a discipline that must be practiced in daily life.”

Latest Pieces

The Spiritualist Origins of Modern Disorder

The Spiritualist Origins of Modern Disorder

“…the dominant characteristic of the new spirituality was the inflation, as egregious as it was absurd, of thought, of language, and of self: every man (or woman) a prophet, every man his own priest, every man a genius, each dedicated to what Dominic Green calls ‘the aristocrat within.’”

A Time for Restoration

A Time for Restoration

“…Manent and Scruton offer affirmation that the Good is supported in the nature of things, that human beings are capable of cultivating and acting according to political reason, and that the integrity of a national community is requisite for virtue and liberty.”

Reading as a Spiritual Practice

Reading as a Spiritual Practice

“…Wilson declares, ‘there is a different way of reading for Christians than for others.’ Her subtitle is meant quite literally: ‘reading is a spiritual discipline akin to fasting and prayer.'”

About the Bookman

For six decades, the University Bookman, founded by Russell Kirk, has identified and discussed those books that diagnose the modern age and support the renewal of culture and the common good. Currently published online, the Bookman continues its mission of examining our times in light of the Permanent Things that make us human.

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