Barbara J. Elliott

About Barbara J. Elliott

Barbara J. Elliott is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. She is the President of the Center for Cultural Renewal and Scholar-in-Residence and Assistant Professor in the Honors College of Houston Baptist University. She is the founder of the WorkFaith Connection, which transitions people from prison, homelessness, and unemployment into a new job and a new life. She is the author of five books, including Street Saints: Renewing America’s Cities. She received the Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from the President of the United States in 2001. As an American journalist based in Germany during the Cold War, she interviewed many people who risked their freedom and their lives to resist Communism.

What is Happiness? Pharrell Williams vs Aristotle

By |2019-11-26T16:12:18-06:00June 18th, 2014|Categories: Aristotle, Audio/Video, Barbara J. Elliott, Classics, Culture, Happiness, Music|

The song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has gone viral, topping the charts in the United States and twenty-two other countries. It was nominated as Best Original Song for the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, nudged out only by “Let it Go” from Frozen. After Mr. Williams released a twenty-four hour version of “Happy” [...]

D-Day and a Decadent French Wedding

By |2020-06-05T13:38:23-05:00June 6th, 2014|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Culture, World War II|

Brave young men, overcoming terror with their willingness to fight, came from the corn-fed plains of America to do battle with tyranny. Many of them gave the ultimate sacrifice, as they bled out into the sand below me. Was the blood-spattered sacrifice of lives on D-Day commensurate with the soft, effete, and self-indulgent lives [...]

Want Affordable Health Care? Try These Tantalizing Options

By |2013-11-01T03:21:55-05:00October 29th, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Politics|

After changing health insurance providers and having difficulty getting prescriptions filled, I was getting testy. Very testy. Then I read that the new national insurance program would be released on 35 floppy discs, and that did it. I knew there was no help coming from Washington any time soon. In a slow burn that [...]

Germans Seize Homeschoolers in Outrageous Raid

By |2013-12-19T13:49:43-06:00September 4th, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Education, Family, Homeschooling|

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich and their four children,in 2012 with Mike Farris of the Home SchoolLegal Defense Association At 8 a.m. on August 29, as Dirk and Petra Wunderlich began the day’s homseschooling classes with their four children, a team of twenty armed special agents, social workers, and police with a battering [...]

Celestial Courtroom: America at the Judgment of the Nations

By |2018-10-05T10:38:48-05:00July 10th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Featured, Fiction, Secularism|

[Classified Top Secret, Embargo on Distribution] Through unnamed sources involved in the proceedings, these notes were smuggled out of the Celestial Courtroom, where the ongoing evaluation of the Nations takes place in Committee Hearings in preparation for the Final Judgment. St. Peter was the presiding Chairman, Senator Screwtape the first witness. St. Peter: We [...]

Damsels in Distress: A Cultural Anti-Depressant

By |2020-05-16T23:55:23-05:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Culture, Film, Modernity, Moral Imagination, Whit Stillman|

If you’re feeling depressed about the culture around you, Dr. Elliott has a prescription for you: one full dose of Whit Stillman’s most recent film, Damsels in Distress, followed by tap dancing. I am perfectly serious. This charming story unfolds with a group of quirky college girls on the campus of Seven Oaks, a fictitious [...]

Conservative Credo

By |2020-12-28T17:47:17-06:00April 25th, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Conservatism|Tags: |

Conservatism seeks the Truth that has emerged over time, drawing from the deep wellsprings of human experience, and builds anew on foundations that have withstood the tests of time. It fosters order and the flourishing of human beings as they live in relationship with one another. We are united in the eternal contract between [...]

Confronting an Evil Empire

By |2019-11-05T17:19:10-06:00March 8th, 2013|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Communism, Leadership, Ronald Reagan|

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitols of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what [...]

Imaginative Gifts for the Entire Family

By |2014-12-10T10:55:32-06:00December 12th, 2012|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Imaginative conservatives read, pray, honor the past, build family memories, and do everything with wit, style and elegance. The gifts below have been lovingly picked for the entire family with that in mind. The perfect gift: Leather-bound books from Easton Press, with gold-leaf edges on the pages. They offer a complete set of the works of Shakespeare [...]

Anna Karenina: Aristocratic Life is All a Stage

By |2014-02-20T11:47:49-06:00December 7th, 2012|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books, Culture, Film|

Anna Karenina is a lush, beautiful, stylized film about succumbing to sexual flame and the complicated relationships of infidelity that tear a beautiful woman apart. The themes of love, lust, and forgiveness are depicted in the opulence of aristocratic society in late 19th century tsarist Russia. If you are expecting an experience like Dr. Zhivago, forget it. [...]

How do we Vote for the People who “Really Care”?

By |2013-12-19T15:56:05-06:00November 6th, 2012|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Faith, Politics|Tags: |

As Americans enter the voting booth today, we will be making a momentous decision for our nation. Whose vision will we embrace? Three groups of people are split, and they may very well determine the outcome: women, Hispanics, and Catholics. And the concern that drives many of them is “who really cares?” The people [...]

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