conservative thought and policy speaker calendar

This year’s series, the “American National Character Project” expands on the Benson Center’s 2019-20 theme, American Identities.


Our undergraduate certificate program is for students interested in a rigorous grounding in Western culture, reflecting on its traditions and values. The program allows you to study Western culture, science, and government in their ancient, medieval, and modern forms. Check out the requirements here!

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Faculty Grant Awardees Fall 2019

The Benson Center recently awarded 13 faculty grants totaling $12,670 in its Fall 2019 award cycle. Check out the list of winners here.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Benson Center!

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado Boulder explores the culture, languages and ideas of the Western tradition, ranging from antiquity to modern society. Its concern, first and foremost, is with the values that emerge from that tradition, and their ongoing role in the institutions of the United States.

Integral to this mission is the Benson Center’s commitment to fostering research, debate and dialogue on the fundamental issues of our time – moral, political and economic. The Center hosts a yearly roster of visiting fellows, including the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, Scholars in Residence, Faculty Fellows, Harper Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Fellows, and provides a forum for free and open discourse across the university community. Our aim is to promote a lively and balanced conversation that respects both conservative and liberal ideals, thus fostering the full diversity of political, economic and philosophical perspectives on the CU Boulder campus.