On Friday, October 19, 2018, The New Criterion will gather leading scholars to discuss the lasting impact of Russell Kirk. This year marks the centenary of Russell Kirk (1918–94), the great American impresario of conservatism. Kirk’s book The Conservative Mind, published in 1953, was the rallying point for the renewal of a long-dormant spirit of serious attention to the founding moral, religious, social, and political principles animating the ideal of ordered liberty, especially in its flowering in the grand American experiment in self-governance. Russell Kirk was the apostle of “permanent things” in an age increasingly addicted to the transitory twitterings of unanchored sentiment. His relevance to our own age is if anything more immediate and exigent. Kirk’s thoughtful and deeply considered approach to the problems of understanding and maintaining a rightly understood liberal order has much to teach us at a moment when the velocity and impertinence of the news cycle, to say nothing of the general fatuousness of the academic establishment, is the enemy of a principled conjuring with life’s permanent conundrums.
Papers delivered at the conference will be published in the January 2019 issue of The New Criterion and recordings will be made available as podcasts in the near future. Details of the participants can be found below:
Brian C. Anderson is the Editor of City Journal.
T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., the former President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, was Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs in the Reagan administration, serving as President Reagan’s top adviser on domestic matters.
Mark C. Henrie was Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute prior to joining the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation as President.
Roger Kimball is the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books.
Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor of Political Science at Assumption College.
Daniel McCarthy is the Director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at the Fund for American Studies.
Jeffrey O. Nelson is the Senior Vice President for Educational Programs at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
James Panero is the Executive Editor of The New Criterion.
James Piereson is President of the William E. Simon Foundation and a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute.
Jeffrey Polet is Professor of Political Science at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
R. R. Reno is the Editor of First Things.
Gerald J. Russello is the Editor of the University Bookman, the literary journal founded by Russell Kirk.