Statesmanship in Times of Crisis: Robert P. George in Conversation with Allen C. Guelzo

Apr 9, 2020, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
Zoom Webinar - Registration Required


Event Description

Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program, Princeton University and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University

Please join James Madison Program Director Robert P. George for a conversation with Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship and Senior Research Scholar in Princeton University's Council of the Humanities.


Dr. Guelzo is one of our country’s preeminent historians—a celebrated biographer of Abraham Lincoln and scholar of the Civil War. He is also an astute analyst of contemporary American politics and culture.  Drawing on historical examples, he and Professor George will discuss more and less successful cases of political leadership in times of national crisis. Whether the threat is military, economic, or biological, statesmanship during crises requires the kind of prudent judgment—what might even be called wisdom—that can be enhanced by thoughtful consideration of past experiences. History will not necessarily provide a roadmap, but perhaps reflection on historical cases can teach us some lessons in safely navigating the highways when there is no roadmap at hand.

Allen C. Guelzo is Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and the Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. His award-winning books include Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004), and Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013). He is currently at work on a biography of Robert E. Lee. He has been awarded the Bradley Prize, the Lincoln Medal of the Union League Club of New York City, and the James Q. Wilson Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society. Together with Patrick Allitt and Gary W. Gallagher, he team-taught the Teaching Company’s American History series, as well as courses on Abraham Lincoln (Mr. Lincoln, 2005) on American intellectual history (The American Mind, 2006), the American Revolution (2007), and the Founders (America’s Founding Fathers, 2017). From 2006 to 2013, he served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert P. George holds Princeton University's McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and before that on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds M.T.S. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University and the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L., D.C.L., and D.Litt. from Oxford University.

Part of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship.

Co-Sponsored by:

Princeton University Humanities Council


Lecture Series
James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship