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December 3, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Dominic Nanni, English, Graduate Teaching Assistant.


In the United States, conservatism is experiencing something of an existential crisis. To most the word refers to economic policies that call for lower taxes for the rich, deregulation of the economy, and cutting the social safety net. Conservatism also refers to religious extremists. The Republican Party, Andrew Sullivan argues, has become a religious organization rather than a serious political party. Over time this has eroded the ideological thrust of conservatism as an idea advocating moderation, restraint, and skepticism in politics. Once envisioned as the antagonist of ideologies and extremists, conservatism has itself become an ideology of extremes. There is a necessity for a strong moderate voice in our politics and conservatism should be that voice. It cannot be that voice if it does not resolve it’s existential crisis and return to its original motivating ideas. In this talk, I describe what could be the foundation for a new kind of conservatism, an intellectual conservatism similar to that of Russell Kirk: the conservatism of the philosopher Michael Oakeshott.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at (313)577-5471 or