Bradley J. Birzer

Bradley J. Birzer is Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and professor of history, Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is author of intellectual biographies of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (2010), Christopher Dawson (2007), J.R.R. Tolkien (2003), and Russell Kirk (forthcoming, 2014). He is also senior contributor and co-founder of theimaginativeconservative.org

The Conservative Imagination of Russell Kirk: A Conversation with Brad Birzer

rkirk3Brad Birzer comes to Liberty Law Talk to discuss his upcoming biography of Russell Kirk entitled Russell Kirk: American Conservative. Our discussion focuses on the nature of Kirk’s conservatism and his place on the American Right. For example, many have prominently argued that Kirk’s conservatism is only strangely American. Birzer’s answer to this question will give these critics much to think about. We also discuss the influence of Edmund Burke and T. S. Eliot on Kirk, and we consider just what he meant by his invocation of the terms Moral Imagination and the Permanent Things.