Past Events

Sandel event poster
March 4, 2013
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Michael J. SandelAnne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University
Author of What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) and Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009)
The financial crisis prompted criticism of "casino capitalism" on Wall Street. Is there a difference between gambling and investing? If so, should the law treat them differently? What about...
Cosponsors: The Program in Law and Public Affairs, The University Center for Human Values
Petigny event poster
February 28, 2013
James Madison Program Annual Black History Month Event
Alan C. PetignyAssociate Professor of History, University of Florida
Author of The Permissive Society: America, 1941-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Drawing from a chapter in a book he is writing titled The Crisis of Authority and the Rise of Moral Relativism: America: 1936-1980, Professor Petigny will show how the rise of black...
Cosponsor: The Program in American Studies
Rabkin event poster
February 11, 2013
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Jeremy A. RabkinProfessor of Law, George Mason University School of Law 
Author of Law Without Nations? (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence (AEI Press, 2004)
Advocates for global standards in our time urge us to embrace a higher law than mere national legislation. It sounds like an equivalent to natural law.  Some scholars say it is.  The American...
Scalia event poster
December 10, 2012
Antonin ScaliaAssociate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy in 1960 and had nine...
Mansfield Viroli event poster
December 9, 2012
Harvey C. MansfieldWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government, Harvard University; Author of Machiavelli's Virtue (University of Chicago Press) and Translator of Machiavelli's The Prince (University of Chicago Press); and Maurizio ViroliProfessor of Politics, Princeton University; Author of Machiavelli's God (Princeton University Press) and How to Read Machiavelli (Granta UK) 
Moderator: Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University.  He was Chairman of the Government Department from 1973-1977, has held Guggenheim and...
Krauss event poster
November 5, 2012
Michael KraussProfessor of Law, George Mason University School of Law 
Author of Fire and Smoke: Government, Lawsuits, and the Rule of Law (Independent Institute); and Principles of Products Liability (West)
Professor Krauss will discuss whether a simplistic understanding of the First Amendment is leading the court to deny protection to military honor.  He will examine two recent Supreme Court cases,...
Scruton event poster
October 11, 2012
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Roger ScrutonVisiting Professor of Philosophy, St. Andrews University and University of Oxford; Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Author of Green Philosophy (Oxford University Press); The Aesthetics of Music (Oxford University Press); and The Aesthetics of Architecture (Princeton University Press)
Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher, who lives in Washington, D.C. and rural Wiltshire, England.  He is currently visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in...
Partisan Loyalties panel poster
October 7, 2012
Mona CharenSyndicated Columnist and Political AnalystReverend Eugene F. RiversPastor of the Azusa Christian Community in Dorchester, Massachusetts; John J. DiIulio, Jr.Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society at University of Pennsylvania Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University
At least since the New Deal, Jews and African Americans have identified predominantly with the Democratic Party, and have been key constituencies in the Party's base. In 2008, both constituencies...
Malcolm event poster
September 28, 2012
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Joyce Lee MalcolmProfessor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; Author of To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right (Harvard University Press); Guns and Violence: The English Experience (Harvard University Press); and Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution (Yale University Press)
Self-defense has traditionally been considered the first law of nature. Yet the shared Anglo-American respect for self-reliance diverged in the last century with dramatic results for both nations....
Robinson event poster
September 27, 2012
Daniel N. RobinsonDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Georgetown University; Fellow of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
Author of How Is Nature Possible: The Project of Kant’s First Critique (Continuum Publishing, 2012) The contentious pleadings arising from California's 'Prop 8' provided yet another occasion...