Past Programs

Please, note that this is only a partial listing.

2019 FEI Programs:

  • Homer’s Odyssey and yours
  • Imaginative Conservatism and American Culture
  • Ray Bradbury and American Individualism
  • Liberty, Individualism, and the Great American Songbook
  • Edmund Burke and the Rise of Political Parties
  • The Humane Qualities of Russell Kirk
  • Conservatism and Humanism
  • Faerie Realm: Mirror, Magic, and Mystery
  • The Imaginative Sub-creators: The Desire for Joy
  • The Craft of Enchantment and Morality in Fairy-Stories
  • The Happy and Virtuous Life
  • Aristotle’s Aim: The Golden Mean
  • Aristotelian Virtue: For Its Own Sake
  • Reason and Divine Revelation
  • The Science of Sacred Doctrine
  • Thomas Aquinas: What Truths are Self-evident?
  • Summa Theologica: Examining the Five Ways God’s Existence Can Be Proven
  • Kuhn’s Understanding of Scientific Revolutions: The Entrance of a New Paradigm
  • How Paradigm Shifts Alter Our View of Scientific History and Theory

2018 FEI Programs:

  • Harry Crocker’s Robert E. Lee and Leadership: Socratic Seminar
  • G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday: Socratic Seminar
  • Russell Kirk’s Prospects for Conservatives: Socratic Seminar
  • Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans: Socratic Seminar
  • “God and Man in the Modern World: Freedom, Responsibility, and Power”: Teacher Institute

2017 FEI Programs:

  • “The Humane Businessman”: Socratic Seminar
  • “Why Beauty Matters”: Socratic Seminar
  • Cicero’s On Duties: Socratic Seminar
  • Flannery O’Connor’s “A Circle in the Fire”: Socratic Seminar
  • Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France: Socratic Seminar
  • Will Durant’s The Lessons of History: Socratic Seminar
  • Wilhelm Roepke’s A Humane Economy: Socratic Seminar
  • Noble Cunningham’s Jefferson vs. Hamilton: Confrontations that Shaped a Nation
  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

2016 FEI Programs:

  • Political Economy in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” 
  • The Intellectual World of the Founding Fathers
  • Leadership and Character in the American Presidency
  • A Requiem for Manners: Civility in Public Life
  • The Civil War: Liberty, Economics, and Politics
  • 40th Annual Founders’ Day Breakfast at the River Oaks Country Club—October 6, 2016 (Houston)

2015 FEI Programs:

  • The Federalists and the Anti-Federalists (Houston)
  • Adam Smith, Virtue, and Economic Freedom (Houston)
  • Aristotle on Friendship and the Virtues of Man (Houston)
  • The Re-enchantment of Education (Houston)
  • Brave New World: Finding Calm Amidst the Rage of Ideology (The Academy of Philosophy and Letters, Baltimore)
  • The Roots of American Conservatism—and Its Future (The Philadelphia Society, Philadelphia)
  • 39th Annual Founders’ Day Breakfast at the River Oaks Country Club—October 29, 2015
  • Tocqueville, Democracy, Equality, and Individualism (Houston)
  • Aristotle, Man, and the Polis (Houston)
  • Genesis and the Role of Law in Human Nature (Houston)
  • Conservatism and Natural Law (Houston)
  • What Are the Liberal Arts? (Western Academy, Houston)
  • The Wisdom of Plato, Aristotle, and Tocqueville (Houston Baptist University)
  • The Nature of Man and Human Happiness (Liberal Studies Program, the University of Houston)
  • Americans and Identity in the Twenty-First Century (The Philadelphia Society, Philadelphia)

2014 Programs:

  • Principles and Ideals in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution (Houston)
  • The English Roots of American Order (Oxford, England)
  • Understanding Wealth through Production and Consumable Goods: Ancient and Modern (Houston)
  • Citizenship and Freedom in the Words of Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King (Houston)
  • Why Did the Berlin Wall Fall? (Houston)
  • Classical Education and Western Civilization (Houston)
  • Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Saving Classical Music (Baltimore)
  • The Founders of Twentieth Century Anglo-American Conservatism (Oxford, England)
  • Liberal Learning and Imaginative Conservatism: What We Do for Love (Boulder, CO)

2013 Programs:

  • Roots of American Order Conference (Houston)
  • Philadelphia Society Meeting (Indianapolis)
  • Northwood University Freedom Seminar (Detroit)
  • Hauenstien Center at Grand Valley University: Progressives vs. Conservatives Debate (Grand Rapids)
  • National Conference of Classical Charter Schools (Phoenix)
  • Oxford Conference with Summit Ministries & Oxford Center for Faith & Culture (Oxford, England)
  • Academy of Philosophy & Letters Conference on Conservatism (Baltimore)
  • CiRCE Classical Schools Conference (Baltimore)
  • The IRS & Conservatives with Senator Cruz (FEI Houston)
  • The Conservative Mind Conference (Houston Baptist University)
  • Character & Culture in Film: Whit Stillman (Houston Baptist University)
  • Philadelphia Society National Meeting on the Future of Conservatism (Atlanta)