Upcoming Events

"Adam Smith on Liberty, Community, and Prosperity" Virtual Seminar

July 7, 14, 21, 28 (Wednesdays) at 7:30 p.m. EST
Although Adam Smith is best known as the father of modern economics, his economic thought sits within a wider enterprise of moral philosophy. In this short course, we will focus on Smith’s larger effort to establish and defend a social and political order that protects liberty and promotes human flourishing. This virtual seminar will be led by Dr. Eric Matson, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Program at George Mason University.

Seminar for Acton Institute Interns

July 13
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

“Pillars of American Order" Conference

July 19 – 22
A conference for high school teachers based on Kirk’s book The Roots of American Order
Haworth Hotel, Holland, MI
Contact info@kirkcenter.org for application; due by June 15.  

Seminar for Mackinac Center Interns

July 30
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

Past Events

“Liberty and Liberal Education” Seminar

April 22 – 24
Intercollegiate Studies Institute & Liberty Fund graduate students’ seminar 
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

"Shakespeare's Plutarch" Seminar

March 25 – 28
Hillsdale Collegiate Scholars
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

A Conversation with David Pietrusza about "Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memory. A Vanished World"

March 25, 7:30 p.m. EST
David Pietrusza will discuss his latest book, “Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memory. A Vanished World,” a dramatic tale of growing up in the 1950s and 60s in a hardworking mill town. His previous books include an award-winning series on twentieth-century presidential elections (1920, 1948, and 1960).

The video is available here

A Conversation with Grace Olmstead about her book "Uprooted"

February 25, 7:30 p.m. EST
Grace Olmstead will discuss her forthcoming book, Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind (Sentinel). A journalist who focuses on farming, localism, and family, Grace’s writing has been published in The American Conservative, The Week, The New York Times, Washington Post, The University Bookman, and National Review. She is a native of rural Idaho who now lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

C-SPAN2 Book TV will re-air the recording.

A Conversation with Ambassador Eduard Habsburg

January 30, 2 p.m. EST
Gerald Russello will host a conversation with Ambassador Habsburg about his popular Bookman essay on the walls of Rome, as well as about his lovely new children’s book, Dubbie: The Double-Headed Eagle.

The recording of the event can be viewed here.

A Conversation with Stephen Schmalhofer

December 9, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A conversation with Stephen Schmalhofer about his new collection of essays, Delightful People.

All invited; register here.  
Online via Zoom.

Renewing Culture through Coffeehouses and Clubs Webinar: Leo Damrosch’s The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

November 10, 17, 24, Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Webinar discussion with Drs. Wesley Reynolds, Bruce Frohnen, and Matthew Davis on the themes in
Leo Damrosch’s The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age.

All invited; register here.  
Online via Zoom.

25th Anniversary Virtual Gala

October 21, 7 – 8 p.m.
Live-stream event celebrating the Russell Kirk Center’s 25th anniversary featuring:
a walking tour of Dr. Kirk’s library, a talk by historian George Nash, and a toast of Kirk’s creation called “Mecosta Fruit Punch.”
From the Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

ISI Student Seminar

October 17, 9:30 – 3:30
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

"Russell Kirk on Nation, Empire, and Local Places"

July 21
Michigan public policy interns’ seminar
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

"Conservatism at the Crossroads"

June 20, 12 – 5:00 p.m. – POSTPONED
Dr. George Nash to speak
Open to the public; registration required.
A registration link will be available on this page once a new date for this seminar has been confirmed.
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

Online Reading Group of Kirk's Concise Guide to Conservatism

April 20, 8 – 9 p.m., recurring on Mondays through June 8
Dr. Jason Jewell to introduce and lead the discussion
Registration via email 

"Should Hamilton Get a Bad Rap? Republic, Empire, and the Constitution"

February 22
Northwood University student seminar
The Kirk Center, Mecosta, MI

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