Past Events

Totalitarian Epoch Conference poster
May 19, 2014 to May 20, 2014
The Annual James Madison Program May Conference
Keynote Address by Alan Charles KorsHenry Charles Lea Professor of European History, University of Pennsylvania
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and thus invites us to reflect on that war’s significance. The Great War had momentous consequences for western civilization....
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions, Texas Tech University
Gaddis event poster
May 7, 2014
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
John GaddisRobert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History, Yale University
We’re told, in writing and speaking, not to mix metaphors; but we mix metaphors in our thinking all the time.  In his lecture, Professor Gaddis will explore this paradox, with particular...
Steven D. Smith event poster
May 5, 2014
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Steven D. SmithWarren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
In his lecture, Professor Smith will try to recover the jurisdictional conception of religious freedom, and will consider what has been lost as the jurisdictional conception has been replaced by a...
Levin event poster
April 23, 2014
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
Yuval LevinEditor, National Affairs; Hertog Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Our political life has long been divided between a broadly progressive and a broadly conservative party. But what does this division amount to? Where did it originate? And why does it persist? By...
Nolan McCarty event poster
April 16, 2014
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Nolan McCartySusan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Financial executives and political leaders alike often argue that malfeasance in the financial sector is the work of a “few bad apples.” But such thinking is quite damaging for financial security....
Mukasey event poster
April 7, 2014
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Michael MukaseyFormer Attorney General of the United States (2007-2009); U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District of New York (1988-2006)
Michael B. Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, from November 2007 to January 2009. During that time, he...
Whittington lecture poster
April 1, 2014
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Keith WhittingtonWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
This very special annual lecture celebrates the work of the late Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, Princeton University, and his dedication to excellence in...
Cosponsor: The Program in Law and Public Affairs
Religious Freedom event poster 2014
March 24, 2014
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
A Public Conversation featuring, from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations; Commissioner, Eric P. SchwartzHumphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Commissioner, Katrina Lantos SwettLantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice; Commissioner, and Robert P. GeorgePrinceton University; Chair
Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.  He teaches U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University’s School...
Lash event poster
February 26, 2014
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Kurt LashGuy Raymond Jones Chair in Law and Director, Program on Constitutional Theory, History and Law, University of Illinois College of Law
Kurt T. Lash holds the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law. Professor...
Jay Cost event poster
February 17, 2014
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Jay CostStaff Writer, The Weekly Standard 
Author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic (Broadside Books, 2011)
Political corruption is a subject once again in the newspapers and on the television. In this talk, Jay Cost will discuss the institutional origins of corruption, explaining how it has evolved over...

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