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1: Select Your Society Seminar (Topics & Readings)

Principles of Conservatism

New to the conservative intellectual tradition? This seminar will introduce you to the principles and ideas that formed the tradition. With essays and selections from thinkers such as Lincoln, Publius, Buckley, and Hayek, this is the perfect way to get an introduction to the principles of conservatism.

The Conservative Mind of Russell Kirk

Take a deep dive into the mind of one of the most preeminent political philosophers of the conservative tradition—Russell Kirk. Author of such greats as The Conservative Mind and The Roots of American Order, Russell Kirk shaped the conservative intellectual tradition. This seminar includes his essays on intellectual giants like Edmund Burke and T.S. Eliot, and explores Kirk’s essential concepts of conservatism, culture, and imagination.

Economics: The Not-So-Dismal Science

Free market economics are widely criticized, but few people understand how they work or why they are so morally sound. This highly interactive, video-oriented society seminar explores the function and morals of markets and gives you a jump on the ISI Philosophy, Politics, and Economics credentialed courses. Also includes free books like Cooperation and Coercion by Antony Davies and James Harrigan, Small is Still Beautiful by Joseph Pierce, and more.

The Great Tradition

Explore the philosophical roots of the Western tradition. This seminar is perfect for ISI Societies that want to engage with primary sources. It surveys the West’s great thinkers and concepts, starting with Plato and Aristotle and spanning into the twentieth century.

Design Your Own

Already have a book or set of topics you’d like to discuss with your group? Our program officers will help you plan out your readings and conversations, saving you precious time! 

2. Submit Your Campus Society Proposal

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