Welcome to the Center for Western Civilization, a new site online and a new physical presence close to the University of California, Berkeley.

Ignorance is the greatest threat to our civilization. Departments of Liberal Arts are shrinking in our major universities. Courses in the Western Tradition, history, literature, art, poetry, philosophy, and ethics are no longer required. Few students have enough understanding of the origins and principles of Western Civilization to maintain or advance our democratic institutions. The absence of this critical knowledge threatens the future of our personal freedoms.

It is our responsibility to support every effort to keep the lights of freedom burning before we descend into darkness.

Located near the University of California, Berkeley, the Center will host symposiums, retreats, lectures, meetings, and provide housing for interested students from home and abroad. It will be a place to research, discuss, and further our understanding of the institutions and moral values of Western Civilization.


Bay Area Events of Note

October 2016:

The Berkeley Institute offers:

Plato’s Ethics for Beginners: Plato’s moral thought is foundational for Western culture. He attempted, controversially, to ground morality in human reason, rather than custom, superstition, or sentiment. This seminar will introduce some of Plato’s basic ethical arguments as they appear in his dialogue the Gorgias. The dialogue poses a disturbing challenge to its readers: learn what is truly good for you or live the life of a slave. Readings for this seminar are optional. Previous study of philosophy is not required.

Dates: Tuesdays on 10.4, 10.11, 10.18, 10.25
Time: 5:30-6:45pm

All readings from Plato’s Gorgias (Hackett). To receive a free copy of the book, please contact info@binst.org

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Reading, Orinda Books:

Christine Sunderland, Bay Area author writing about the importance of Western Civilization to today’s uneducated electorate, will read from her new novel, The Fire Trail, a literary suspense set at UC Berkeley, at Orinda Books, 3 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016. For more information about the novel, click here: press-release , The Fire Trail.


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The Berkeley Institute announces their student Opening Reception, Wednesday, August 31, 2016:

Please join us on Wednesday, August 31st for our first event of the semester. The opening reception is our back-to-school social hour — the perfect chance for new students to learn about us and for returning students to reconnect.

Professors Anselm Ramelow, Lara Buchak, Karl van Bibber, Chiyuma Elliott, and Steven Justice will be around to meet students and announce their Fall seminars. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP either via Facebook or by emailing info@binst.org. Hope to see you there! You won’t want to miss it! 

The Berkeley Institute is a community of students and scholars committed to understanding and passing on the principles of reason and order that underlie intellectual and academic inquiry. It seeks to encourage generous and rigorous engagement with contemporary thought, to display the continuing vitality and pertinence of classical and religious traditions, and to explore the first principles on which the integrity of intellectual work depends. To learn more about the Institute, visit: http://binst.org/


The U.C. Burke Society (Intercollegiate Studies Institute) is sponsoring this informative discussion on the Berkeley campus, Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m., 263 Dwinelle:

Join the ISI Burke Society for a much-anticipated discussion of the fourth chapter of F.A. Hayek’s tour de force, The Constitution of Liberty. Entitled “Freedom, Reason, and Tradition.” This exceedingly rich chapter and its account of the “English tradition of freedom” are touchstones for the uncommon conception of liberty our society was established to further. As always, we will continue the conversation over dinner, and all are most welcome!

Those who do not have a copy of the Constitution of Liberty may access this week’s reading here: Constitution of Liberty

Visit the ISI Burke Society website: ISI Berkeley Burke Society 

Follow the ISI Burke Society on Facebook: U.C. Berkeley Burke Society

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The U.C. Burke Society (Intercollegiate Studies Institute) and the American Enterprise Institute are sponsoring this informative event on the Berkeley campus, Thursday, February 4:

The ISI Burke Society and the American Enterprise Institute present Christina Hoff Sommers, the Factual Feminist and Resident Scholar at AEI. Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor who taught ethics, is probably best known for her critique of late-twentieth-century feminism. She is also known for her extensive writings, among them Who Stole Feminism? (Touchstone Books, 1995), The War Against Boys (Touchstone Books, 2001), and One Nation Under Therapy (St. Martin’s Press, 2005). We are excited to bring her to Berkeley for what promises to be a lively and thought provoking evening. 

To register for this FREE event, visit eventbright.com
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
Banatao Auditorium 310 Sutardja Dai Hall Berkeley, California 94704 



To see the flyer for the following event click here: C. S. LEWIS EVENT FLYER

Our first event was a great success. To view the lecture online, please click David Theroux, Lecture on C.S. Lewis, April 26, 2015



Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.

David Theroux

Founder and President, C. S. Lewis Society of California

will speak on

“C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty

and the Evils of Statism”

Portrait of author/educator C.S. Lewis

The YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Reception with refreshments following

Free Admission