2013 Academy of Philosophy and Letters Conference


The Academy of Philosophy and Letters will have its annual conference in Baltimore on June 7-9 on the theme “Cheerfulness Keeps Breaking In: Light in the Darkness.” Sharp readers will recognize the phrase as one of Russell Kirk’s, and Annette will be one of our speakers. Keynote speakers are James Kurth and David Schindler. Also speaking will be stalwarts such as Walter McDougall, Claes Ryn, Robert Young, Winston Elliott and others. Mark Mitchell, Peter Haworth, and yours truly will be representing the Porch. The full line-up:

Cheerfulness Keeps Breaking In:

Light in the Darkness

Annual Meeting of the

Academy of Philosophy and Letters

June 7-9, 2013

This year’s panels will continue the round table format that was introduced last year. Panelists will offer introductions, which will be followed by discussion among the panelists and members of the audience.


5:00-6:00 PM.  Registration

6:00-7:00 PM.  Reception/Cash bar

7:00-9:00 PM.  Dinner


Speaker:  James Kurth, Swarthmore College, “The Great Debacle of Pseudo-Conservatism: Lessons Learned”

9:00-11:00 PM.  Hospitality Suite hosted by The Imaginative Conservative. 


8:00-8:30 AM.  Late registration

8:30-10:30 AM.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 1. Commentary on James Kurth’s Analysis of Pseudo-Conservatism

 Chair: Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University

Brian Mitchell, The Academy of Philosophy and Letters

David Jordan, The University of Virginia

Claes Ryn, The Catholic University of America

Walter McDougall, The University of Pennsylvania 

James Kurth, Swarthmore College

10:30-10:45 AM. Break/Refreshments

10:45 AM -12:45 PM.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 2.  A Moral and Cultural Counter-Offensive

Chair: Richard Gamble, Hillsdale College

Joseph Baldacchino, The National Humanities Institute

Richard Bishirjian, Yorktown University

Jeff Cain, American Philanthropic

Annette Kirk, Russell Kirk Center

Bill Wichterman, Wedgwood Circle

12:45-1:00 PM.  Break

1:00-2:30 PM.  Luncheon: 

Chair: Jeff Polet, Hope College

Speaker: David Schindler, John Paul II Institute, “Christianity and the State of the Culture”

2:30-3:30 PM.  Break

3:30-5:30.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 3: Independent Scholarly Journals 

Chair: Ryan Holston, Virginia Military Institute

Joseph Baldacchino, Humanitas 

Bruce Frohnen, Political Science Reviewer

Peter Haworth, Anamnesis

Robert Young, Modern Age

5:30-6:30 PM.  Break

6:30-7:30 PM.  Reception/Cash bar

7:30-9:00 PM.  Dinner

Chair: William Byrne, St. John’s University

A dinner conversation about Christianity and the state of the culture with

Chris Manion, Richard Gamble, and others.

9:00-11:00 PM. Hospitality Suite, hosted by The Imaginative Conservative


9:00-10:00 AM.  Breakfast meeting of the membership (members only)

10:00 AM-noon.  PANEL/ROUND TABLE 4.  Reaching the Thoughtful Public

Chair: Brian Mitchell, Academy of Philosophy and Letters

Winston Elliott, III, The Imaginative Conservative

John Henry, Committee for the Republic

Dan McCarthy, The American Conservative

Mark Mitchell, Front Porch Republic

John Vella, Crisis 

Conference dress code: coat and tie

Interested parties should contact me at [email protected] I can give you information on the conference and hotels.

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