The Eric Voegelin Society (EVS) honors the scholarship and memory of Erich Hermann Wilhelm Voegelin, widely recognized as one of the premier minds of the 20th century.
Established as a non-profit organization in May 2012, EVS is a educational organization devoted to the revitalization of teaching and understanding of Eric Voegelin’s work and fundamental expressions of human civilization in art, literature, science, and politics.
The Society’s principal activities involve seminars and conferences, research, publications and teaching focused on the life and works of Voegelin, who came to America in the early 1940s as a refugee from Nazi Germany where he was fired as an associate professor at the University of Vienna in 1938 because of his resolute scholarly opposition to Adolf Hitler.
During his LSU career between 1942 and 1958, Voegelin was named the university’s first Boyd Professor, the highest academic rank LSU can bestow.
Voegelin dedicated his life to the study of widespread political violence and the devastation that results when totalitarian ideologies that closely resemble religions foster the notion that pursuing the creation of utopias on Earth is achievable and worth any cost, including death.