A Conference on T. S. Eliot


Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
and The Russell Kirk Center (Mecosta, Michigan)

Dates: August 14–16, 2008.

Sessions on Aug. 14 (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) and Aug. 15 will be at Grand Valley State University.

Sessions on August 16 will be at the Russell Kirk Center.


  • This conference will mark the reprinting of Russell Kirk’s book Eliot and His Age (ISI Books, 2008).
  • The conference will highlight cultural and religious ideas in Eliot’s poetry, plays, and prose.
  • Selected essays from the conference will be included in a forthcoming collection of essays on Eliot.


Nationally recognized scholars will give talks on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Russell Kirk and Eliot
  • Eliot and Catholicism (Anglo-Catholicism and Roman Catholicism)
  • Eliot’s cultural and political thought
  • Influences on TSE: Jacques Maritain, Fr. Martin D’Arcy, Christopher Dawson, Paul Elmer More, George Santayana, Lancelot Andrewes, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Maurras, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Charles Williams, Dante, and others.
  • Eliot’s influence on other writers: Flannery O’Connor, David Jones, Allen Tate, and others.

Information and Registration

Download the registration form here. (PDF, 64K)

Download the final schedule here. (PDF, 104K, Revised August 12)

Transportation is available every half hour on the “Airporter” shuttle: www.grandrapidsairporter.com.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Lockerd, GVSU: {encode=lockerdb@gvsu.edu} or {encode=info@kirkcenter.org}.