Pillars of American Order Seminars
Restoring the Beliefs, Practices, and Institutions that Uphold America’s Constitutional Tradition
A Unique Socratic Learning Opportunity for High School Teachers
Based on Russell Kirk’s classic book The Roots of American Order, the “Pillars” seminars trace the origins of the American tradition of order, justice, and freedom through Hebraic and Christian belief, classical philosophy and law, British political experience, and the ideas and institutions of colonial and early republican America. Over the course of the Pillars conference, speakers and participants will explore these themes through the tale of five cities: Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia.
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“Pillars” is a project of The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to historical study of the roots of civilization and to teaching new generations about the American tradition of ordered liberty. The Kirk Center will draw upon its network of scholars to work with high school teachers to increase their own historical and civic knowledge, and better communicate to their students the essential beliefs, practices, and institutions that hold America together.
The next Pillars conference will be held at the Kirk Center in Mecosta, Michigan from August 1-4, 2022. Interested teachers may apply via the form below. The cost to participants is a $100 registration fee (due after the application has been accepted) and any travel. All other expenses, such as meals and lodging, are covered by the Kirk Center.
Submit an application to join us for the Pillars 2022 conference.
Photos from our Inaugural Pillars Conference in 2021
What participants are saying about Pillars
The four visiting professors were lively and knowledgeable. The discussion format really lent itself to an in depth exploration of Roots. Plus, the atmosphere was collegial….
Excellent. Those running each session did a great job of allowing others to not only speak concerning the central questions but also did a good job of allowing time for individuals to share their own think “aloud’s” concerning how to work through their various struggles with possible presentations of the material through the curriculum and reaching students with the ideas and materials covered utilizing the tools available to them.
This is what the conference does best: link Moses to Solon to Polybius to Jesus to St. Augustine to St. Bede to St. Thomas Aquinas to Hobbes to Blackstone to John Quincy Adams to Abraham Lincoln. Priceless!