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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.

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QUOTE FOR FEBRUARY, 2020

Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020), upon receiving the Defender of Western Civilization award  from Intercollegiate Studies Institute, September 19, 2019:

“Our Western Civilization is not some peculiar, narrow little obsession of people who happen to live in a certain geographical part of the world. It is an inheritance, constantly expanding, constantly including new things. It is something which has given us the knowledge of the human heart, which has enabled us to produce not just wonderful economies and the wonderful ways of living in the world that are ours, but also the great works of art, the religions, the systems of law and government, all the other things which make it actually possible for us to recognize that we live in this world, insofar as possible, successfully.”

For video and full speech, visit: https://isi.org/intercollegiate-review/a-thing-called-civilization/