Past Events

Greve event poster
September 14, 2012
James Madison Program Constitution Day Event
Michael S. GreveProfessor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Author of The Upside-Down Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2012)
Today as in 1787, the country faces a mountain of debt, at a level that often spells the ruin of nations. Now as then, an air of demoralization hangs over the country’s politics and economy. The...
Perry Poster
September 13, 2012
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
Imani PerryProfessor of African American Studies, Princeton University Commentators: Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Nell PainterEdwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University
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Cosponsors: The Program in American Studies, The Program in Law and Public Affairs, The Office of the Provost
Ponnuru Reunions event poster
June 1, 2012
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
A Conversation between Robert P. George and Ramesh Ponnuru ‘95
Ramesh Ponnuru is senior editor for National Review and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He grew up in Kansas City and graduated summa cum laude from...
American Constitutionalism conference poster
May 21, 2012 to May 22, 2012
The Annual James Madison Program May Conference
Keynote Address by James W. Ceaser, Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the election of 1912, which retired William Howard Taft from the presidency and elevated Woodrow Wilson in his place.  That election featured a stark contrast...
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Haidt event poster
May 8, 2012
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Jonathan HaidtProfessor of Psychology, University of Virginia; Visiting Professor of Business Ethics, NYU-Stern School of Business; Author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (Basic Books, 2006); and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012)
Commentators: Christopher AchenRoger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Politics, Princeton University; and Russell NieliLecturer in Politics, Princeton University
Morality binds and blinds. That’s one of the three core principles of the “new synthesis” that has occurred recently in moral psychology. But if part of the very function of morality is to bind...
Macedo event poster
May 3, 2012
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Stephen J. MacedoLaurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Principal co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings, 2005); and co-author and co-editor of American Constitutional Interpretation, with W. F. Murphy, J. E. Fleming, and S. A. Barber (Foundation Press, fourth edition 2008)
How ought citizens who are concerned with the full range of constitutional values in the US regard marriage and its future?  What do basic constitutional principles -- such as liberty and the equal...
Cosponsor: The Program in Law and Public Affairs
Brooks event poster
April 23, 2012
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Arthur BrooksPresident, American Enterprise Institute
Author of Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America – and How We Can Get More of It (Basic Books, 2008), and The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free...
Keeping Faith event poster
April 16, 2012
Paul W. CuffAssistant Professor of Electrical Engineering; Eric S. GregoryProfessor of Religion; Amaney A. JamalAssociate Professor of Politics; Harold JamesClaude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, Professor of History and International Affairs, Director, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society; Martha HimmelfarbWilliam H. Danforth Professor of Religion; Shivaji L. SondhiProfessor of Physics. Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Professor Robert P. George recently led a series of conversations in the Daily Princetonian with Princeton Faculty of various faiths. The links to these conversations are below. This event will be a...
Governing Science event poster
April 13, 2012 to April 14, 2012
In the last decade, Americans have witnessed several political controversies regarding the ethics of forms of scientific research and the governance of science. Some political liberals claim that politics has distorted science across a range of issues, from climate change to evolutionary biology to embryonic stem cell research. In these cases, they suggest, non-scientific considerations, such as economic self-interest or sectarian religious views, have been allowed to get in the way of legitimate and valuable scientific inquiry. Many political conservatives respond by saying that good science ought not to disregard the common morality of democratic society and that the proponents of research involving the creation and/or destruction of human embryos, for example, are misusing the mantle of science in the service of profoundly contestable moral opinions, opinions that science by itself cannot establish as correct.
These contemporary controversies implicate issues about the regulation or governance of science that are hardly new. Since Bacon and Descartes, modern science has expanded the sum of human knowledge...
Cosponsors: The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, The University Center for Human Values
DeMuth event poster
April 11, 2012
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Christopher DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute; former President, American Enterprise Institute
Today’s regulatory policy debates—concerning EPA greenhouse gas rules, ObamaCare, the light-bulb ban, and much else—have a strong partisan cast. But the growth of regulation is primarily an...