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Russell Kirk Center partners with Free Think University in New Course: What was the Reagan Revolution?

Washington D.C. (PRUnderground) December 3rd, 2013

The legacy of President Ronald Reagan is as celebrated and derided as any modern American presidency. Dr. George Nash of The Russell Kirk Center offers a perspective as one of the world’s leading Reagan historians in a new course released today, which is engaging thousands of students in the conversation.  Called Conservatism101®, the series is offered free online by The Leadership Institute and Free Think University® and presents what one reviewer has called “a rigorous review of the American conservative intellectual tradition.”

Free Think University is hosting the Conservatism 101 courses on their website, with a new segment posted each week.  Designed by university professor Chris Malagisi, the 14 segments are each two-hour, multi-media experiences featuring a 45-minute lecture from one of fourteen conservative leaders, along with supplemental reading materials.

The lectures focus on the big questions of the conservatism movement – its origins and history, its driving principles, its successes and failings . . . and its future.  After each session, students may complete an assessment through which they earn Free Think University scholarship points.  These points can be applied in frequently announced competitions for cash scholarships that help students pay for their higher education costs and other life learning experiences.

In the lectures, students hear from some of the conservative movement’s most influential voices, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal, radio host Mark Levin, Patrick Deneen from the University of Notre Dame, Becky Norton-Dunlop from The Heritage Foundation, and many more. Click here to see the full lineup of speakers.

Free Think University partnered with Leadership Institute to produce original course content.  The series supplements its current library of nearly 50 courses in the same format, which deal with other questions relating to The Great Conversation.  More than 30,000 students have registered for classes or weekly alerts that are emailed to the growing community – “where students are free to learn and learn for free, anytime, anywhere” – according to the Free Think U website.

“No matter a person’s political leanings, Conservative, Liberal or otherwise, we think this collaborative project with Leadership Institute is an important contribution to a more civil dialogue about politics and the American experience,” said Free Think University co-founder Jim Van Eerden.

“All of our courses are framed by questions we receive from our students, who want to know both sides of an argument, or the case made on behalf of an under-represented point of view – since the modern American university can sometimes be hostile to the competition of ideas.” Van Eerden said.

“Leadership Institute believes in equipping the next generation of leaders in America with a clear view of the values and ideals of the American Conservative Tradition,” said founder Morton Blackwell.  “We are happy to be leading the way with Free Think University in bringing this world-class college course experience to thousands of students.”

The next course in the Conservatism101 series – entitled “What was the 1994 Republican Revolution?” – will be taught by Kerry Knott of the C.S. Lewis Institute.  It will release on Saturday, December 5, at 12pm EST.

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About Free Think University®

Free Think University is where more than 30,000 free-thinking students have joined what Mortimer Adler called “The Great Conversation” – the dialogue of the ages about The Big Questions of our day, and where they participate in one of the fastest-growing independent scholarship funds in America.  Submit questions for future courses to  For more information go to or follow @freethinku.


About Leadership Institute

Since 1979, Leadership Institute (“LI”) has trained more than 104,000 conservative students, activists, and leaders. LI offers 40 types of training schools, workshops and seminars, a free employment placement service, and a national field program that trains conservative students to organize campus groups.  For more information go to or follow @leadershipinst.


About The Russell Kirk Center

The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal is a nonprofit educational organization based out of Mecosta, Michigan. It was founded in order to continue the legacy of Dr. Russell Kirk, an American political theorist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author. The Center is known for promoting traditionalist conservatism.  For more information go to



About Free Think University

Free Think University is where more than 30,000 free-thinking students have joined what Mortimer Adler called “The Great Conversation” – the dialogue of the ages about The Big Questions of our day, and where they participate in one of the fastest-growing independent scholarship funds in America. Submit questions for future courses to For more information go to or follow @freethinku.

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