Moderation and Conservatism

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

February 24, 2015
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Sam TanenhausJournalist and Author; Peter BerkowitzTad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Moderated by Aurelian Craiutu2014-15 Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program; Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he chairs the Hoover Task Force on National Security and Law. He taught at George Mason University Law School from 1999 to 2006, and in the department of government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1999. He is the author of Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (Hoover, 2013); Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover, 2012); Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton, 1999); and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard, 1995). He has edited seven collections on political ideas and institutions. He has written on many subjects for a variety of publications including the AtlanticCommentaryHaaretzNational Review, the New RepublicRealClearPolitics, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, and the Yale Law Journal. He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University, an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

Sam Tanenhaus is a former Writer at Large for the New York Times, where he covered a variety of topics with an emphasis on ideas, politics and culture. Previously, he was Editor of the New York Times Book Review for nine years, and before then a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the New RepublicTimeNewsweek, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is author of Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (2008 – National Book Award and Pulitzer finalist, winner of Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and The Death of Conservatism (2010), and is now at work on a biography of William F. Buckley, Jr.

Aurelian Craiutu is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington where he also directs the Tocqueville Program associated with the Elinor and Vincent Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He has published extensively in the field of modern French political thought from Montesquieu to Raymond Aron. Professor Craiutu’s publications include Liberalism under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires (2003), Tocqueville on America after 1840 (2009; with Jeremy Jennings), America through European Eyes (2009, with Jeffrey C. Isaac), Conversations with Tocqueville (2009, with Sheldon Gellar, 2009), and a newly revised English edition of Madame de Staël’s Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution (2008). His latest book, A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. He has received awards and grants from  several institutions including the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is currently working on a new book manuscript entitled Political Moderation in the Age of Extremes, to be published by University of Pennsylvania Press. A native of Romania, he studied in France and earned his PhD from Princeton University.


Moderation and Conservatism


McCormick Hall 101

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