The Britannia Fellowship is a six-day-long intensive series of seminars that explore the foundational principles of European culture and a free society.
Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals from the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America who have demonstrated achievement in their profession or field of study, the Britannia Fellowship focuses on grounding future leaders in the early stages of their academic and professional development in the ideals of responsible liberty.
Convened at the Bowood House in the United Kingdom, the Britannia Fellowship provides an opportunity for participants to explore the interrelationships among liberty, prosperity, and beauty while acquiring the necessary tools to further their education and become effective leaders in their respective communities and career fields.
During the program, fellows explore topics such as:
Ms. Katharine Birbalsingh CBE is the founder and headmistress of Michaela Community School, a charter school established in Wembley Park, London. She has been identified as among the twenty most influential figures in British education and was awarded the Contrarian Prize. She is the author of several books; her most recent, The Power of Culture, was published in 2020. Her work and pedagogy is analyzed in the 2022 Michaela documentary, The Strictest Headmistress in Britain. She is also chair of the Social Mobility Commission and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.
Mr. Ben Crocker is presently completing his M.A. at St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he is a Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation scholar. Ben is a constitutional fellow at The American Conservative and writes on U.S. and Australian politics for The Spectator Australia. He is from Sydney, Australia, and holds degrees in music and education from Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland. He has taught music at the University of Sydney and recently conducted new recordings for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Theodore Dalrymple (the pen name of Dr. Anthony Daniels) is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.”
Dr. Robin Dunbar is head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. An anthropologist, evolutionary psychologist, specialist in primate behavior, he is best known for formulating Dunbar’s number, a measurement of the “cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships.”
Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. The author of eight books, including The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom and Why America is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice, she has published over two hundred articles and reviews and makes frequent appearances on radio and television. Over three decades, she has also taught at the National Defense University, George Washington University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Institute of World Politics, and currently at American University.
Dr. Joshua Mitchell is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has also been chairman of the government department and associate dean of faculty affairs at Georgetown University in Qatar. He has published several books including The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.
Mr. John O’Sullivan is the president of the Danube Institute, a think tank based in Budapest, Hungary and a member of the board of advisors for the Global Panel Foundation, an NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world. O’Sullivan served as vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe and was editor of the Australian monthly magazine Quadrant.
The Hon. Jon Parrish Peede is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society, the visiting writer in residence at Mississippi Valley State University, a public HBCU institution, and the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As chairman, he awarded more than $500 million to universities, museums, libraries, scholars, and cultural nonprofits nationwide. He is the co-editor of Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Stars & Stripes, Inside Higher Education, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, BBC, CSPAN, PBS, and other media outlets. He completed his B.S. at Vanderbilt University and M.A. at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Roger Pilon is the founding director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, the inaugural holder of the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration.
Dr. Aaron Rhodes is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and the president of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe, an independent nongovernmental organization. He previously served as the executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. He is the author of The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom.
Dr. David Rose is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His primary areas of research interest are behavioral economics, political economy, and organization theory. In 2008, he received the St. Louis Business Journal’s Economic Educator of the year award. His book, The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior was selected as one of CHOICE’s outstanding titles of 2012 and was nominated for the Hayek Book Prize. He frequently contributes to policy debates through radio and television interviews as well as in op-eds in outlets such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Word on Business, The School Choice Advocate, Forbes, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1987 from the University of Virginia and his B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University.
Dr. Michael Ward is a member of the faculty of theology and religion at the University of Oxford and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. He is the author of the award-winning book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, and presenter of the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code. His latest book is After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.
Mr. Malcolm Archer has been an organist and director of music at three English cathedrals: Bristol, Wells, and St. Paul’s. He is also a conductor, composer, organist, pianist, and harpsichordist who has given solo concerts across the world, including tours in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Europe. He has recorded with labels including Warner Classics, Hyperion, Lammas, and Convivium. He studied at the Royal College of Music and was an Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge.
Dr. Jessica Miskelly is a violinist and concertmaster who has performed in the U.S., China, and Europe. She has a D.M.A. in violin performance from the University of Kentucky and has spent summers studying and performing in North Carolina, Hungary, Prague, Beijing, and London.
Mr. Alexander Simpson is a versatile countertenor whose recent operatic roles include Nireno in Giulio Cesare, Cowslip in Fairy Queen, Athamas in Semele, Arsace in Partenope, Arcane in Teseo, and Refugee in Flight. He frequently collaborates with ArtHouse Jersey, Venice Music Project, and the Phoenix Ensemble in Israel. He holds degrees in music from St. John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy Opera.