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.


2023 Conference Schedule

“Picking Up the Pieces: Rebuilding a Viable Culture” June 1-3, 2023 College Park Marriott Thursday, June 1 2:00-4:00pm  STUDENT PANEL “New Perspectives on Rebuilding Our Social Institutions” Chair: Harry Scherer, The American Conservative “Strauss, Voegelin, and Modernity”              Adam Kear, Hillsdale College “The Fall of the Social Virtues: Analyzing the Positive Rights Revolution’s Attack on Virtue…

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2023 Conference Registration

(Registration page works best with Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.) DEADLINE: 12:00PM, May 12, 2023. Please fill out the registration form below for the APL conference (June 1-3, 2023). A $30 late fee will be added to any registrations after May 5th and an opening at the conference cannot be guaranteed. Be sure to submit your payment via check or electronically following…

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2023 Conference

Registration is now open for our 2023 annual conference! Sign up and pay here for “Picking Up the Pieces.”

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