RUSSELL KIRK (1918-1994) CENTENNIAL
Now, in Rome, I am going to give a brief presentation on “Kirk and Rome in The Roots of American Order” at the in-house seminar (by invitation only) brilliantly and graciously organized and hosted by Annette Y. Kirk, Andrea Kirk Assaf and Tony Assaf of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal featuring renowned historian George H. Nash, classicist E. Christian Kopff if Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder,the editor of The European Conservative Alvino-Mario Fantini, Michael D. Curry Instructor of Economics at Aquians College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, German scholar Harald Bergabuer and your servant.
«In the year of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Gibbon published the first volume of his “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. The grandeur that was Rome, suffusing Gibbon’s chapters, worked strongly upon the imagination of the men who founded the United States. Between the Roman Republic and their own republican creation they perceived parallels, and other similarities would be discerned as America grew».
-Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order