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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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May 2, 2022

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Dr. Khalil Habib, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, explore four of the leading intellects of the Eighteenth Century who influenced American Order: Baron de Montesquieu, Edmund Burke, William Blackstone, and David Hume.

Corresponding Reading 

Chapter 10,...

Apr 5, 2022

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Dr. Thomas Mackey, Professor of History at the University of Louisville, explore the history of colonial America and provide context for Kirk's chapter on the period.
Corresponding Reading 

Chapter 9, pp. 301-345 of Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order


Mar 1, 2022

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Dr. Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Dallas, explore the roots of church and state in American order. The two discuss the history of 17th century Britain and the English Civil War, Hobbesian and Lockean...

Feb 1, 2022

McConnell Scholar and assistant podcast producer Will Randolph is joined by Dr. Glenn Moots, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Northwood University, to discuss the significance of the Protestant Reformation. The two explore the history of the Reformation, the different groups and strands of thought that...

Jan 5, 2022

Vital Remnants Producer Connor Tracy is joined by Dr. Justin Stover, Senior Lecturer of Medieval Latin at the University of Edinburgh, to explore what Russell Kirk calls our “neglected inheritance” from the Middle Ages. In addition to the influence of the Medieval world on America, the two discuss the culture of...