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"Men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." – Edmund Burke


Essay collection edited by Ryan Holston and Justin Garrison published

On May 1, 2020, the volume The Historical Mind: Humanistic Renewal in a Post-Constitutional Age was released.  Edited by Ryan Holston (Virginia Military Institute) and Justin Garrison (Roanoke College), the book explores the ideas and contemporary implications of the humanism of Irving Babbitt and Claes Ryn.

2020 Annual APL Conference CANCELLED due to COVID 19
Annual APL Conference, June 7-9, 2019

The APL Annual Meeting convened on June 7-9, 2019 in Baltimore, MD., around the theme “America the Beautiful.” Keynote addresses Bradley Birzer (Hillsdale College), Eric Adler (University of Maryland), and Mark Bauerlein (First Things Magazine) as well as a debate between Bruce Frohnen (Ohio Northern University) and Richard Reinsch (Law and Liberty).

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Annual APL Conference, June 1-3, 2018

The APL Annual Meeting convened on the weekend of June 1-3, 2018 at Villanova University. The conference them was “Populism and the Failure of Elites.” Keynote speakers included Julius Krein (Editor, American Affairs), Joshua Mitchell (Georgetown University), and Michael Glennon (Tufts University).

Conference Schedule.

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Annual APL Conference, June 2-4, 2017

The APL Annual Meeting convened on the weekend of June 2-4, 2017 at Villanova University. See conference pictures here.

Annual APL Conference, May 27-29, 2016

The APL Annual Meeting convened on the weekend of May 27-29, 2016 at the Baltimore Doubletree Hotel. See conference pictures here.

Chas Freeman Keynote Address at Annual APL Conference

Read retired US Ambassador Chas Freeman’s keynote address at the APL annual Conference. “Too Quick on the Draw: Militarism and the Malpractice of Diplomacy in America.”

Michael Federici to Debate

NHI President Michael Federici, PhD, and historian Michael Schwarz, PhD, will debate the relative merits of two central American founders, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, at the University of Louisville.

Claes Ryn Novel Released in Paperback

A Desperate Man, the novel recently published by former APL president Claes Ryn, has now been released in paperback

Essay collection edited by Michael P. Federici, Richard M. Gamble, and Mark T. Mitchell published

The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic is a collection of thirteen essays from a broad range of scholars and independent authors, evaluating the prevalence of immodesty in various aspects of American life and culture.

Justin D. Garrison’s An Empire of Ideals: The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan Published

Garrison provides an original and groundbreaking analysis of Ronald Reagan’s imagination as it was expressed mainly in his presidential speeches.

Claes Ryn Interviewed on “The Bookman’s Corner”

Ryn discussed his recent novel, A Desperate Man, on the Washington, DC, area television show.

Claes Ryn Publishes Novel

The author of many scholarly books, Claes Ryn, now has published a work of literary fiction.

Claes Ryn Named Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University

Claes Ryn, president of APL, spent two weeks in Beijing in May as the guest of Beijing Normal University, which named him Honorary Professor in recognition of his academic achievements.

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