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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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Download Dr. Gregg's Guide to The Prince here: http://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs/military/meditations/greggs-leadership-guide-to-the-prince/at_download/file

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Vital Remnants McConnell Center

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    • 5.0 • 36 Ratings

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/C970CD2C3514492B

Download Dr. Gregg's Guide to The Prince here: http://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs/military/meditations/greggs-leadership-guide-to-the-prince/at_download/file

Download Dr. Gregg's Guide to The Republic here: http://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs/military/meditations/greggs-reading-guide-to-thinking-with-plato/at_download/file

Please share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at connor.tracy@louisville.edu

    5.1 The Roots of American Order | An Introduction with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer

    5.1 The Roots of American Order | An Introduction with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer

    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 and Kirk’s inspiration for the book.
    This season of Vital Remnants uses Russell Kirk’s The Roots of American Order to explore the historical roots from which America has grown. Rather than focusing on one defining moment, episodes explore America’s inheritance from thousands of years of human history grounded in five key cities—Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia. Each episode relates to a corresponding chapter and includes a conversation with a guest expert that goes beyond the text.
    Important Links  Purchase a copy of Russell Kirk’s The Roots of American Order Download the corresponding reading guide to The Roots of American Order here Learn more about this year-long project at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs-events/bic Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox Share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at connor.tracy@louisville.edu This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit us online at mcconnellcenter.org or on social media at: 
    Facebook: @mcconnellcenter   Instagram: @ulmcenter   Twitter: @ULmCenter  Contributors  Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director  Guest: Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, Professor of History and Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College Producer and Editor: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator   Co-Editor: Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar    

    • 57 min
    5.2 The Roots of American Order | Jerusalem & Ancient Israel with Dr. Daniel Dreisbach

    5.2 The Roots of American Order | Jerusalem & Ancient Israel with Dr. Daniel Dreisbach

    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. 
    Corresponding Reading   Chapters 1 & 2, pp. 3-50 of Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order. 
    Important Links  Download the corresponding Reading Guide to The Roots of American Order here.  Learn more about The Roots of American Order at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs-events/bic  Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox Please share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at connor.tracy@louisville.edu This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit us online at mcconnellcenter.org or on social media at: 
    Facebook: @mcconnellcenter   Instagram: @ulmcenter   Twitter: @ULmCenter  Contributors 
    Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director  Guest: Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, American University Producers and Editors: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator & Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar  

    • 55 min
    5.3 The Roots of American Order | Athens and the Ancient Greeks with Dr. N. Susan Laehn

    5.3 The Roots of American Order | Athens and the Ancient Greeks with Dr. N. Susan Laehn

    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.

    Corresponding Reading   Chapter 3, pp. 51-96 of Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order. 
    Important Links  Download the corresponding Reading Guide to The Roots of American Order here.  Learn more about The Roots of American Order at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs-events/bic  Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox Please share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at connor.tracy@louisville.edu This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit us online at mcconnellcenter.org or on social media at: 
    Facebook: @mcconnellcenter   Instagram: @ulmcenter   Twitter: @ULmCenter  Contributors 
    Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director  Guest: Dr. N. Susan Laehn, Iowa State University Producers and Editors: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator & Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar  

    • 52 min
    5.4 The Roots of American Order | Ancient Rome with Dr. E. Christian Kopff

    5.4 The Roots of American Order | Ancient Rome with Dr. E. Christian Kopff

    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’ views of law and power.
    Corresponding Reading 
    Chapter 4, pp. 97-136 of Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order
    Important Links 
    Download the corresponding reading guide to The Roots of American Order here Learn more about The Roots of American Order at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs-events/bic E. Christian Kopff, The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition  Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox Please share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at connor.tracy@louisville.edu.
    This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit us online at mcconnellcenter.org or on social media at: 
    Facebook: @mcconnellcenter  Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter Contributors 
    Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director Guest: Dr. E. Christian Kopff, University of American University  Producers and Editors: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator & Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar  

    • 58 min
    5.5 The Roots of American Order | Christianity with Dr. Mark David Hall

    5.5 The Roots of American Order | Christianity with Dr. Mark David Hall

    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 Founders.
    Corresponding Reading 
    Chapter 5, pp. 137-176 of Russell Kirk, The Roots of American Order
    Important Links 
    Download the corresponding reading guide to The Roots of American Order here Learn more about The Roots of American Order at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs-events/bic Mark David Hall, Did America Have a Christian Founding? Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox Listen to Dr. Hall on The McConnell Center Podcast Watch Dr. Hall and Andrew Seidel consider whether America had a Christian founding here Please share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at connor.tracy@louisville.edu.
    This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit us online at mcconnellcenter.org or on social media at: 
    Facebook: @mcconnellcenter  Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter Contributors 
    Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director Guest: Dr. Mark David Hall, George Fox University  Producers and Editors: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator & Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar 

    • 50 min
    5.6 The Roots of American Order | The Light of the Middle Ages with Dr. Justin Stover

    5.6 The Roots of American Order | The Light of the Middle Ages with Dr. Justin Stover

    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
    Important Links 
    Download the corresponding Reading Guide to The Roots of American Order here. Learn more about The Roots of American Order at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/programs-events/bic Subscribe to our newsletter and receive McConnell Center updates directly in your mailbox. Please share any thoughts, questions, comments, or concerns with us via email at  connor.tracy@louisville.edu 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 This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit us online at mcconnellcenter.org or on social media at: 
    Facebook: @mcconnellcenter  
    Instagram: @ulmcenter  
    Twitter: @ULmCenter 
    Contributors 
    Host, Producer, and Editor: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator  

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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Outstanding program and teachers!

Dr. Gregg and Mr. Tracy have developed a truly special program - I’m loving the ability to learn more about these critical works of art from these great educators.

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The defining American debate

The Vital Remants podcast is an outstanding resource for anyone, regardless of your political persuasion, that wants a understand America's foundation debates. Doing so will enrich your life and make you a more informed citizen.

Dr. Gregg provides thought-provoking commentary and contemporary insights into these founding texts that bring these 200 year old text to life.

While not necessary to enjoy the podcast, reading along in Reflection and Choice dramatically improves the overall educational experience.

If you seek to capture the distilled knowledge of our founders and gain a better understanding of the issues we confront today, subscribe to Vital Remnants today.

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