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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.

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From the University Bookman

Latest Pieces

In Defense of Maintenance 

In Defense of Maintenance 

According to Vinsel and Russell, “The Innovation Delusion is the false belief that the pursuit of innovation and novelty will lead us into the promised land of growth and profit when, in reality, it will lead us to ignore the ever-accumulating pile of deferred maintenance and infrastructural debt—and, in the process, lead individuals toward burnout and our society to accelerating levels of exploitation and inequality.” 

Sowing Seeds in Useless Fields

Sowing Seeds in Useless Fields

“The drawing and quartering of liberal arts is the death of learning. The politics of special interests and the politicization of classrooms by activists posing as educators tilts the classroom towards indoctrination, ‘the dark and evil twin of teaching.'”

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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At the Kirk Center


Seminar participant writes about his Kirk Center experience in National Review

Classic Kirk featured essay: Christopher Dawson: An Historian and His World


January 10, 7:00 p.m. EST: The Book Gallery webinar will be joined by Joseph Stuart to explore his new book, Christopher Dawson: A Cultural Mind in the Age of the Great War. Register here. 

January 16, 7:00 p.m. EST: “Martin Luther King and Russell Kirk: A Consensus of First Principles,” a discussion with John Wood Jr., national ambassador for Braver Angels. This event is co-sponsored by the Acton Institute and will be held in Grand Rapids, MI. Register here. 

February 25: “The Conservative Spirit of the High Modernists” seminar with Dr. James Matthew Wilson.
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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.

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