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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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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 the Middle Ages and address some of the common misconceptions about the period.

Corresponding Reading  

Chapter 6, pp. 177-219 of Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order

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Further Reading from the Middle Ages:

  • Dante, The Divine Comedy
  • Bernardus Silvestris, Cosmographia
  • Hugh of Saint Victor, Didascalicon: A Medieval Guide to The Arts
  • Alan of Lille, De Planctu Naturae (Lament of Nature)
  • Alan of Lille, Anticlaudianus
  • Sermons of Bernard of Clairvaux
  • The Song of Roland
  • The Song Of El Cid
  • Beowulf

Further Reading about the Middle Ages

  • C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image
  • Jean Leclercq, The Love of Learning and The Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture 
  • Henri de Lubac, Medieval Exegesis: The Four Senses of Scripture

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Host, Producer, and Editor: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator