Piety Hill Seminars
Transmitting Our Western Heritage Through Education
For more than thirty years, thousands of students and dozens of distinguished lecturers have participated in seminars at Piety Hill, the ancestral home of Russell Kirk. These gatherings have addressed a wide variety of topics, including:
- Can Virtue be Taught?
- Recovering Historical Consciousness
- The Founders and the Constitution
- T. S. Eliot and the Defense of Culture
- The Role of the Professor in the Postmodern Age
- A Humane Economy
Importantly, these seminars provide for fellowship and informal conversation and they foster an appreciation for the importance of an authentically liberal and humane education.
The Russell Kirk Center administers an annual program of seminars at Piety Hill that includes the following:
–Redeem the Time: These day-long seminars at Piety Hill introduce the works of Russell Kirk to the interested public.
-The Politics of Prudence: A weekend conference that explores Russell Kirk’s understanding of the “permanent things” and ways this understanding may be applied practically to social, educational, and political issues today.
-Liberty and Liberal Education: A weekend schedule of lectures and seminars organized for graduate students who are committed to a teaching career.
-The Roots of American Order: Each summer the Center at Hope will bring high school students and their teachers to Mecosta for a conference exploring American constitutionalism and its roots deep within Western Civilization.
The Kirk Center also hosts seminars held by leading colleges, think tanks, and educational organizations, including The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Mackinac Center, Hillsdale College, the Acton Institute, Hope College, and the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University, among many others.
-Jacob Culberson, Vanderbilt University
-Samuel Klee, Former Wilbur Fellow and Current Graduate Student at St. Louis University
-Jason K. Duncan, Ph.D., Professor of History at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan