Past Events

Moynihan conference poster
October 30, 2015
The Moynihan Report at 50 is a robust dialogue among scholars across disciplines and political perspectives as they reflect on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report on the state of the African-American family in the United States. A scholar of both policy and social science, the New York senator explored the structural and cultural pathologies that haunted African American families, and in so doing drew the ire of critics. His report and its frank assessments remain controversial 50 years later. Was Moynihan prescient? Are the challenges facing the African- American family and, more generally, the American family, more or less grave today than they were in 1965? Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is pleased to host leading scholars of race, poverty, inequality, criminal justice, religion, marriage, and family for a searching look at the report and its conclusions in light of 50 additional years of social and political observations. The conference features a keynote address by Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, as well as interdisciplinary panel discussions of scholars and policy experts.
Keynote Address: The Multi-Racial Impact: Youth and Families Fifty Years After Moynihan
Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard...
Cosponsor: The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture
Trialogue Event poster
October 18, 2015
Anver M. Emon, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law, University of Toronto; Matthew LeveringPerry Family Foundation Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary; Co-Director, The Chicago Theological Initiative; David NovakJ. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Toronto
A Book Panel Discussion with the authors of Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue (Oxford University Press, 2014). Anver M. Emon is Professor and Canada...
Cosponsors: The Center for Jewish Life, The Aquinas Institute, The Muslim Life Program
prakash lecture poster
September 28, 2015
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Saikrishna Bangalore PrakashJames Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor, University of Virginia
Contrary to popular belief, the founders constructed an executive that was regal in all but name.  The President, with authority over law execution, foreign affairs, and executive branch personnel,...
Cosponsor: The Program in Law and Public Affairs
Constitution Day lecture poster
September 22, 2015
James Madison Program Constitution Day Event
Lynn UzzellScholar in Residence, Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, James Madison’s Montpelier Respondents: Darren StaloffProfessor of History, The City College of New York and The City University of New York; William B. AllenProfessor Emeritus of Political Science, Michigan State University  
Lynn Uzzell is Scholar in Residence at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. She is Project Coordinator for “James Madison: Lessons in...
Cosponsors: The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, James Madison’s Montpelier, The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania
Wilentz Lecture Poster
September 16, 2015
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
The Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture by Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University. Commentary by Sarah Rivett, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University.
Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, focusing on American social and political history. He received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (...
Cosponsors: Program in American Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Office of the Provost
June 3, 2015
Philip BobbitHerbert Wechsler Prof. of Federal Jurisprudence, and Director for the Center for National Security, Columbia Law School
Cosponsors: James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Sponsored by Ethica Forum De Riflessione, Universitario di Asti
Musical Journeys event poster
May 29, 2015
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, and Director of the James Madison Program; Michael SmithMcCosh Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy
2015 Giuffra conference poster
May 18, 2015 to May 19, 2015
The Annual Robert J. Giuffra '82 Conference
Keynote Address by John M. FinnisBiolchini Family Professor of Law, Law School of the University of Notre Dame; Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal Philosophy, Oxford University
What is the relationship among law, culture, and human freedom? Is freedom to be found primarily where law is kept to a minimum and culture is therefore mostly the spontaneous reflection of the...
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions, Texas Tech University
Muslims event poster
May 12, 2015
Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplain, Princeton University; Suzy S. IsmailVisiting Professor of Communication, DeVry University, Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor, Center for Muslim LifeRobert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Suzy Ismail is Visiting Professor of Communication at DeVry University, and the Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor at the Center for Muslim Life, a nonprofit platform that...
Country music event poster
May 5, 2015
Country music legend Stan Hitchcock, guitar virtuoso Bobby Whitton, and fiddle prodigy Jason Roberts Moderated, banjo in hand, by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

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