Renewing Culture through Coffeehouses and Clubs: Leo Damrosch’s The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
Please join the Russell Kirk Center for a three-week virtual discussion of the cultural, intellectual, and political role played by coffeehouse life in London.
We will discuss how one club in particular inspired Edmund Burke and Samuel Johnson and invented modern acting, contemporary economics, literary and dramatic criticism, political debate, classical painting, the first great biography, and so much more!
As Josef Pieper once said, leisure is the basis of culture. The coffeehouse has made something of a comeback in our time. Join us for this free webinar and enjoy learning more about the cultural significance of the world’s first leisurely coffee society.
The Club discussion will meet November 10, 17, and 24 on Tuesday nights from
All meetings will be hosted by Dr. Wesley Reynolds, director of the Wilbur Fellows Program at the Center, through Zoom. Also joining will be Burke scholar Bruce Frohnen and Johnson scholar Matthew Davis.
While it is not necessary to read Leo Damrosch’s book to attend, if you do obtain the book, please read the prologue through chapter 2 for the first session.