Past Events

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...
JFK Assassination event poster
November 22, 2013
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University; and Alvin S. Felzenberg *75, *78Director of Communications, Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress; Visiting Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania; Author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game (2008)
Alvin S. Felzenberg serves as Director of Communications for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress and Visiting Lecturer at the Annenberg School for...
Guelzo event poster
November 19, 2013
The Annual William E. and Carol G. Simon Lecture on Religion in American Public Life
Allen C. GuelzoHenry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era; Professor of History, Gettysburg College 
Author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013), Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (2012), and Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2009)
Allen C. Guelzo is Director of Civil War Era Studies and Professor of History at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute
Yarbrough event poster
November 14, 2013
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Jean M. YarbroughGary M. Pendy Professor of Social Sciences, Bowdoin College
Author of Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition (2012)
Jean M. Yarbrough is Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences and Government at Bowdoin College, where she has taught political philosophy and American Political Thought for...
Max Boot event poster
November 11, 2013
Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Author of Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present (2013), War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today (2006), and The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (2002)
Drawing on his new book, Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), he will examine the origins of guerrilla...
Tanenhaus Buckley event poster
November 5, 2013
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University; and Sam TanenhausWriter at Large, New York Times, Author of The Death of Conservatism: A Movement and Its Consequences (2010) and Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (1997)
Sam Tanenhaus is Writer at Large for the New York Times, covering a variety of topics with an emphasis on ideas, politics and culture. Mr. Tanenhaus was previously Editor of...
Rubin event poster
October 21, 2013
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Charles T. Rubin, Associate Professor, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Duquesne University
The stories of Frankenstein's monster and Rabbi Loew's golem reflect seriously on what it would mean to take the extraordinary step of creating humanoid life. Taken together these tales suggest some...
Chen Guangcheng event poster
October 16, 2013
Chen GuangchengChinese Civil Rights Lawyer and Activist; Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights, Witherspoon Institute; Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Catholic University of America; Senior Distinguished Advisor, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice
Moderated by Arthur WaldronLauder Professor of International Relations, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Chen Guangcheng is a Chinese civil rights lawyer and activist who has been a persistent voice for freedom, human dignity, and the rule of law in his native country.  Working in rural...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute
Scruton lecture series poster
October 14, 2013 to October 17, 2013
Charles E. Test, M.D., Distinguished Lectures Series
Roger ScrutonVisiting Professor of Philosophy, St. Andrews University and University of Oxford; Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
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 a Senior Scholar at the Ethics and Public...
Manning event poster
September 20, 2013
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
John ManningBruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Coauthor of Hart and Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System (6th ed. 2009, with Fallon, Meltzer, and Shapiro) and Legislation and Regulation (2010, with Matthew C. Stephenson)
The challenge of constitutional adjudication is to make sense of a document that the polity cannot readily amend and that interpreters must apply many years—often centuries—after its adoption.  ...
Cosponsor: The Program in American Studies