About W. Winston Elliott III

W. Winston Elliott III is President of The Free Enterprise Institute and Editor-in-Chief of The Imaginative Conservative. Additionally, Mr. Elliott is Visiting Professor of Liberal Arts at Houston Baptist University and Senior Fellow of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He earned his Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College and a Master of Business Administration, with Honors, from the University of Houston. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington College.

Homer’s “Odyssey” and What It Means to Be Human

By |2020-05-22T00:16:16-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Books, Gleaves Whitney, Great Books, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Imagination, Literature, Odyssey, W. Winston Elliott III|

As we are forced into isolation and confronted by our mortality in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin to ask ourselves an important question: What does it mean to be human? Gleaves Whitney, Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and Winston Elliott III, The Imaginative Conservative’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, [...]

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition

By |2021-04-22T18:17:31-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Essential, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays, W. Winston Elliott III|

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition by Clyde N. Wilson (356 pages, The Foundation for American Education, 2003) “To check power, to return the American empire to republicanism we do not need to resort to the drastic right of revolution nor to the destructive goal of anarchic individualism. We have in the [...]

Liberal Learning, the Human Person, and Plato’s “Meno”

By |2019-02-25T14:28:30-06:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Meno, Plato, St. John's College|

“First attend to the adjustment of your own soul, particularly the regulative liberal learning of your intellect, then project your internal economy on the world as social and political justice. The other way around is headless.”  – Eva Brann, The Music of the Republic: Essays on Socrates’ Conversations and Plato’s Writings Eva Brann is a [...]

Pointing to the Light: Will You Join Us?

By |2021-04-14T16:12:35-05:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative|

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~Philippians 4:8 I pray that The Imaginative Conservative lifts your spirits and brings to your life things excellent and praiseworthy. Our work is possible because of the generous [...]

Firing the Imagination: The Legacy of Russell Kirk

By |2018-10-19T07:46:17-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Prospects for Conservatives, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, W. Winston Elliott III|

Russell Kirk offers us a rich legacy in words and deeds. If we heed them we may yet play our part in preserving our Republic’s ordered liberty... The thought of Dr. Russell Kirk has inspired many people and many projects, including the journal that you are now reading. Founded by Dr. Bradley Birzer and myself [...]

Become a Patron of The Imaginative Conservative

By |2020-11-04T15:45:02-06:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Support The Imaginative Conservative|

An enthusiastic patron of the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci, this king persuaded the great Italian Renaissance master to make France his home in his later years. (Leonardo brought with him his Mona Lisa, and the famous painting remains in Paris today.) It was even said that the king cradled Leonardo as the great master lay on his deathbed, the king [...]

Thomas Jefferson in His Own Words

By |2021-04-22T19:09:23-05:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Audio/Video, Conservatism, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Free Markets, Freedom, Thomas Jefferson|

Editor’s Note: We invite you to join Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker) as he explores the remarkable history of the early American Republic and the principles that undergird it. From Jamestown to Plymouth, from the American Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase, the promise of free enterprise has driven the course of human history on [...]

What Is Unique About St. John’s College?

By |2019-06-10T15:45:29-05:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classical Education, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

Join The Imaginative Conservative's Winston Elliott as he talks with Christopher Nelson, president of St. John's College, about his service at St John’s, and about the unique kind of liberal arts education offered there. President Nelson discusses the mission of St. John's College, the role of the Great Books in their classes, and explains the [...]

The Story of St. John’s College

By |2021-04-03T16:04:42-05:00April 20th, 2017|Categories: Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Founded in 1696, St. John’s College has a unique history as one of America’s first, and leading, liberal arts institutions. St. John’s (campuses in Annapolis and Santa Fe) explores the great books of Western Civilization through seminar discussions. As Christopher Nelson (President, St. John’s College, Annapolis) has said: “Our books and our program demand more of us [...]

“Russell Kirk: American Conservative” — A Definitive Biography

By |2019-10-18T22:56:13-05:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Books that Make Us Human, Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Russell Kirk, W. Winston Elliott III|

The Imaginative Conservative’s co-founder and editor-at-large, Bradley J. Birzer, has received another award for his outstanding, new biography of seminal conservative thinker, Russell Kirk. Following on the heels of The Imaginative Conservative’s own 2015 Book of the Year Award, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has announced that Dr. Birzer has won the 2016 Henry and Anne [...]

Ten Books by Eva Brann: Spark Your Imagination

By |2020-09-02T23:39:55-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Books, Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, St. John's College, W. Winston Elliott III|

Our readers have come to know and to admire Eva Brann, Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative and tutor at St. John’s College, who always challenges us with her insightful writings on liberal learning, the hidden treasures in Homer’s poems, the artful devices of the dialogues of Socrates, and the wonders found in “the conservatory of the imagination.” I [...]

Russell Kirk: American Conservative – Imaginative Conservative 2015 Book of the Year

By |2016-11-04T19:18:26-05:00January 1st, 2016|Categories: Book of the Year, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Russell Kirk, W. Winston Elliott III|

The Imaginative Conservative is pleased to announce its 2015 Book of the Year: Bradley J. Birzer's Russell Kirk: American Conservative. This is the first in what will be an annual recognition given by the editors of The Imaginative Conservative to the book published during the calendar year that best enhances our understanding of conservatism. As Robert Stacey said in his review in [...]

In Gratitude & Hope: The Adventure Continues

By |2016-11-04T19:18:27-05:00July 10th, 2015|Categories: The Imaginative Conservative, W. Winston Elliott III|

Today we celebrate the five-year anniversary of The Imaginative Conservative. While it is true that we first published on July 10, 2010, the seeds of our efforts were planted much earlier. Friendships of decades, books inherited from the past, and lives spent in pursuit of eternal truths are the foundations of The Imaginative Conservative community. Among our writers many share friendships which help us to [...]

Thucydides and Never-Ending War

By |2019-11-14T15:02:31-06:00April 15th, 2015|Categories: Audio/Video, Classics, Plato, Thucydides, W. Winston Elliott III, War|

Thucydides' account of the twenty-seven-year war between Athens and Sparta is filled with timeless questions about human conflict: When are aggression and vengeance justified? Can peace ever truly be secured by war? How does war affect the integrity of language and character? What is the role of chance in war? Is war ever truly inevitable? Additionally, the participants [...]

Go to Top