Center for the American Idea

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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).



"The Christian Gifts of J.R.R. Tolkien"


Classical Republicanism: Its History and Significance
     Aristotle's Politics, Book Four
     The Northwest Ordinance
     Nationalism, Republicanism, and the American Frontier in Cooper's Vision
     President Reagan's Speech to the House of Commons, June 8, 1982

John Quincy Adams: Defender of the Republic
     Orations of John Quincy Adams
     John Quincy Adams, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1825

Republicanism in the American South
Thomas Jefferson's Inaugural Address

The Victims of Socialism: The 20th Century Killing Fields
     E.L. Godkin, The Eclipse of Liberalism
     Modernity and Gnostic Death  

Tolkien's Worlds: Judeo-Christian Faerie Tales
     Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Milton Waldman
     Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Robert Murray
     Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Robert Murray (draft)
     Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Michael Straight
     Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Eileen Elgar
     Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Charlotte and Denis Plimmer


"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"