Dr. Henry Russell is Headmaster of the St. Augustine’s Homeschool Enrichment Program founded with his wife Crystal. The program began in Fall 2005 with 20 students in two living rooms and now tutors more than 70 students. He is also the President of the SS Peter and Paul Educational Foundation, dedicated to founding an orthodox Catholic Liberal Arts college in southeast Michigan.
A graduate of Princeton and South Caroline (M.S.), Dr. Russell completed his graduate work at Louisiana State University. Formerly the Chairman of Ave Maria College’s Department of Literature, he has also been a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Wake Forest University. He is a founding faculty member of the St. Robert Southwell Creative Writing Workshop held in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Dr. Russell’s works include The Catholic Shakespeare Audio Series. He was the Associate Editor of The Formalist from 1990-2004 and his writings have been published in various journals. He was honored to edit Dr. Alice von Hildebrand’s groundbreaking volume, The Privilege of Being a Woman.
Dr. Russell teaches the following courses:
(Click on the hyperlinked title to view a video about the course.)
The Catholic Shakespeare: A Contrast of Kings: Macbeth and Julius Caesar
The Catholic Shakespeare: Early and Late Comedies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest
The Hobbit or There and Back Again as Gateway to J.R.R.Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Beowulf and Christ
Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer; Trust God and Tradition
The Man Who Was Thursday by Chesterton (Modern Catholic Classics Series)
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Modern Catholic Classics Series)
Homer’s Odyssey; The Soul of Pre-Socratic Wisdom
The Iliad: Glory and the Will of God
King Arthur and Christ: Heroism and Holiness
Medieval Literature for Modern Catholics
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Chivalry, Courtesy and Chastity
Sophocles and Tragedy
Virgil’s Aeneid: The Founding of Nations in the Will of God
Death Comes for the Archbishop (American Classics Series)
Redemptive Comedy of Flannery O’Connor (American Classics Series)
Inferno (Hell) by Dante
Purgatorio (Purgatory) by Dante
Dante’s Paradiso (Heaven)
"Prof. Russell was great. He really has a gift for teaching!"
"This was the first class I took as a home schooler (after switching out of the public school system) and I loved that the entire class had a Catholic outlook. It was more than a literature class- it was theology."
"Dr Russell talks a lot, but is entirely fascinating and has a thorough grasp of his subject matter."
"My daughter has loved watching Dr. Russell's recorded lectures over her high school career. We use Kolbe Academy and Dr. Russell's courses bring life and understanding to the books she's required to read for Kolbe."