Center for the American Idea - Speakers
Bradley J. Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History and Director of the American Studies Program at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1990) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington (1999). Fascinated by the intersection of myth and history, he is author of Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson (Christmas 2007), J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth (2003), co-editor of The American Democrat and Other Political Writings by James Fenimore Cooper (2000), and co-author of The American West (2002). Currently on sabbatical (2007-2008 school year), Birzer is writing an intellectual biography of American founding father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and a comprehensive literary biography of the Inklings. Birzer is Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Center for the American Idea in Houston, as well as being a board member of Ave Maria University's Sapientia Press and of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He and his wife, Dedra, have five children: Nathaniel (8); Gretchen (6); Maria Grace (4); Harold Kenneth (2); and Cecilia Rose (born and died August 2007).
Classical Republicanism: Its History and Significance
John Quincy Adams: Defender of the Republic
Republicanism in the American South
The Victims of Socialism: The 20th Century Killing Fields
Tolkien's Worlds: Judeo-Christian Faerie Tales