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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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Dec 7, 2021

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Dr. Mark David Hall, Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University, explore the influence of Christianity on American order. The two discuss the early history of Christianity, its relationship with politics, and how it influenced the...

Nov 9, 2021

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and University of Colorado, Boulder professor of classics Dr. E. Christian Kopff explore Ancient Rome and its influence on America. The two examine the impacts Latin, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire had on the development of American institutions and the Founders’...

Oct 26, 2021

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Iowa State University political science professor Dr. N. Susan Laehn discuss the influence of the Ancient Greeks on the American Founding and beyond, examining Plato, Aristotle, Solon, and the city-state.

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Chapter 3, pp. 51-96 of Russell Kirk, The...

Oct 19, 2021

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and American University professor Dr. Daniel Dreisbach take listeners on an intellectual journey through time, examining the Hebraic tradition and ancient Israel’s influence on American ethics, culture, and government. 

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Oct 12, 2021

In this episode, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg is joined by Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, Professor of History and Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, for a conversation on Russell Kirk’s The Roots of American Order. The two discuss the McConnell Center’s new book in common project...