Summer Programs

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The James Madison Seminar on the Principles of American Politics

June 21-27, 2020, on the Princeton University campus

This one-week residential seminar for upper-level high-school students and rising college freshmen will study the fundamental questions of equality and liberty in American political life. What have Americans meant by these principles from the founding to the present? What is their relationship with one another, with political power, with law, and with the private sphere of civil society? Are they in tension or in harmony? Readings will be in primary sources including The Federalist and Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, as well as other basic texts from American history.

Faculty:
S. Adam Seagrave, Associate Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University
Jeffrey J. Poelvoorde, Associate Professor of Politics, Converse College
Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

Program Fee: $250; includes meals, campus accommodations, and course materials
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

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The James Madison Seminar on the Moral Foundations of Law

July 19–25, 2020, on the Princeton University campus

This one-week residential seminar, sponsored for the last dozen years by the Witherspoon Institute, is now sponsored by the James Madison Program. Under the direction of Professor Gerard V. Bradley of Notre Dame Law School, the seminar covers some of the most contested areas of inquiry in legal philosophy today, including legal positivism, practical reason, human good and positive law, morals legislation, pluralism, crime and punishment, property, and rights and duties. The seminar is designed as an intensive weeklong program investigating the relationship between sound norms of critical morality and civil law. Seminar discussions will examine key contemporary legal debates, such as religious freedom and conscience, beginning and end of life issues, and marriage legislation. Joining the seminar one day as a guest lecturer will be Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Current law students, graduate students who are studying jurisprudence in related fields (e.g., political science, philosophy), and recent graduates still early in their careers are encouraged to apply.  

Faculty: 
Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
John M. Finnis, Professor Emeritus of Law & Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
Adam MacLeod, Professor of Law, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
Grégoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, Queen's University Faculty of Law (Canada)
Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University

Program Fee: $250; includes meals, campus accommodations, and course materials
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

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