Influencing politics through culture

THE ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY AND LETTERS was founded in recognition that the direction of society is set by its most deeply held beliefs and aspirations. These are molded by culture in the broad sense, as represented by universities, the arts, churches, publishing, museums, and entertainment. Acting on the minds, imaginations, and moral-spiritual sensibilities of a society’s members, the culture shapes their general perception of reality and their likes and dislikes—for good or ill. Politics does not operate independently of the culture but reflects it. Though politics can also shape culture, being able to exert educational and other cultural influence is ultimately more important than winning elections. Major and long-range change presupposes a transformation of the culture. Read More.


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2020 APL Annual Conference 

“American Breakdown: Can We Recover Our Cultural Heritage?”
June 12-14, 2020, College Park Marriott, College Park, Maryland

With each passing year, cause for concern about the future of the Western world, and of the United States in particular, seems to increase. While the deterioration of our society, politics, and culture has been evident for many decades, this deterioration appears to be proceeding at a faster and faster rate. One need not be unduly alarmist to see a growing crisis that may be, in some ways, unprecedented in American history.  We seek not to bemoan our situation, but to understand how we got here, and, critically, to move toward practical, real-world responses. As APL has emphasized from its beginning, the restoration of a sound society and state requires the reestablishment of a healthy culture. Now more than ever, we have to look to the multifaceted cultural heritage upon which our nation and civilization are built, as a vital resource for recovery and renewal.

Location: College Park Marriott, College Park, MD
Program: TBA
Featured Speakers: TBA