Past Events

Christakis event poster
November 18, 2020
Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Professor Christakis is a leading authority on contagions, both biological and ideological. He has been a very important voice in ensuring that consideration of COVID-19 is fact-based and rooted in...
Cosponsor: The Elm Institute
poster for George Washington event
November 13, 2020
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
William Allen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Michigan State University, and Paul O. Carrese, Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University Moderated by Diana Schaub, Visiting Professor, Harvard University; Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland
When George Washington died in December 1799, his comrade in arms in the Revolution, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, eulogized the great general and president in the House of Representatives,...
Poster for Election 2020 event
October 29, 2020
Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University; Brandice Canes-WroneDonald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics, Princeton University; and Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School Moderated by Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, Princeton University
In addressing the question of whether or not the Constitution is up to the task, the panelists will explore the following: What are the constitutional results of neither presidential candidate...
Poster for Prakash event
October 6, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Saikrishna Bangalore PrakashJames Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Keith E. WhittingtonWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University Moderated by Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Poster for McGinnis Constitution Day 2020 event
September 17, 2020
James Madison Program Constitution Day Event
John O. McGinnisGeorge C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University, and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Stated most generally, the purpose of a constitution is to serve the common good of a political society. How does the Constitution of the United States serve the common good of the America polity and...
September 15, 2020
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
Keith E. WhittingtonWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Freedom of speech was a work in progress in the United States in the 19th century. A right to freedom of speech was enshrined in American constitutions, but the scope of that freedom still not well...
Cosponsors: Program in American Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Policing Event Digital Poster
July 9, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, III, Founding Director, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies in conversation with Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Following the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others by law enforcement officers, the reform of policing practices and police departments themselves has moved to the front burner...
The Banjo Poster
May 29, 2020
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University, and Tony Trischka, Legendary Banjo Virtuoso
The banjo was not born in the United States, but it became the quintessential American instrument. There are various types of banjos and many styles of playing. Robby George and Tony Trischka will...
Education Poster
May 11, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
William DamonProfessor of Education, Director of the Center on Adolescence, and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford UniversityMichael J. PetrilliPresident, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Cecilia Elena RouseDean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Katzman-Ernst Professor in Economics and Education, and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University; Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the typical flow of American education at every level, from K-12 schooling to collegiate and graduate studies. When the pandemic ends, will our...
Culture vs. Consciousness
April 29, 2020
Bret Weinstein2019-2020 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, Princeton University and Heather E. Heying2019-2020 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, Princeton University. Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University.
Most creatures are adapted to their environment. Humans are, in many ways, a notable exception to this, having adapted to the process of transition between environments rather than to any particular...

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