Welcome to The New American Renaissance

Welcome to The New American Renaissance, my monthly newsletter that offers readers a chance to stay up to date with my work, and the work of others I find interesting and important. It’s also a space to struggle with important ideas related to truth, beauty, and the human experience. The aim is to offer a reprieve of stillness, reflection, and contemplation amidst a frenetic and chaotic cultural environment. Your time is your most valuable possession, I promise to offer you ample insight from the wisdom of the past, the semi-occasional epigram or witticism from Oscar Wilde and other bon-vivants, and some of my reflections on life and culture—all to the end of ennobling the mind and enlivening your day.

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The Re-Opening of the American Mind

The Re-Opening of the American Mind

The Beauty of Front Porch Citizenry
It’s been my pleasure to help curate an art and rare books exhibit that will help revive a conversation about a shared American identity. There ...
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Zuckerberg, The Digital Gutenberg

Zuckerberg, The Digital Gutenberg

Zuckerberg: The Digital Gutenberg
I had the privilege of spending time in Aspen last winter to partake in a Socrates Seminar—a program of the Aspen Institute—that discussed the changing role of ...
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In Search of the American Character

In Search of the American Character

Better Angels Debates
I was recently commissioned by California's Independent Institute to profile initiatives across the country trying to heal our public discourse. In my first profile, I featured Better Angels ...
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Alexandra Hudson’s address to Indianapolis’ Kiwanis Club: Why Civility is Essential for US Democracy

An Introduction to the New American Renaissance

Your time is your most valuable of possessions, and with these posts I hope to make these musings worth your while. I promise you ample insight from the wisdom of ...
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