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1.  Post-Soviet Countries.  The Academy was founded in 1987 when enormous changes were occurring in countries in Eastern Europe. Much has changed since 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, and on June 13, 2020, the Academy conducted a presentation that traces how Poland is attempting to recover from domination by the former Soviet Union.

You may access Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz‘ presentation titled “Losing My Country Twice and Finding it Once” at the American Academy of Distance Learning’s YouTube channel. 

Even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, communist parties in Poland negotiated access to power by representatives of Solidarity. In the ensuing thirty years, Poland has reaffirmed its identity as an independent nation and is designing its foreign policies in recognition of a resurgent Russian Empire.

2. Webcasts: The Academy is focused also on fostering understanding of forces contributing to the high cost and the decline of higher education in the Liberal Arts and how the “dumbing-down” of our educated citizens imperils the future of the United States. By means of Internet delivered Webcasts, the Academy provides a public space for discussion of important subjects. Here are links to previous Webcasts.

Teaching History of Western Civilization

Presentations on the theme “Loss of Country.” These presentations address how countries can be “lost,” by invasion and defeat in war, revolution as in 18th century France and by failure to educate its youth. The first three may be accessed on YouTube.com by going to “American Academy of Distance Learning.”

3. Zoom Discussions:

May 31, 2021–Civil Unrest and the Administrative State

Dr. Angelo Codevilla, Dr. Christopher Manion and Dr. Richard Bishirjian examine the growth of the Administrative state, the oligarchs who make up our Ruling Class and whether civil war or social decline is in store for the next quarter century.

April 13, 2021Writing & The National Interest

As the United States undergoes transition from one President who advocated the American national interest to a successor who emphasizes global responsibility, we can look to fiction—novels—for leaders, “heroes” even.

In a search of novelists who write about American politics from the perspective of Tom Clancy or Allen Drury, I asked some of my colleagues who have written novels to address the need for good story telling and engaged them in a discussion of their novels. Discussants include Claes Ryn, Allen Mendenhall, Raymond Keating and Thomas Moore.

4. Recorded Lectures: Some three hundred lectures were recorded by “Founding Faculty” of Yorktown University and experts who participated at university events. Here are representative recordings from that Archive.

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