Past Events

Piereson event poster
April 17, 2019
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
James Piereson, President, William E. Simon Foundation and Senior Fellow, the Manhattan Institute
Among the causes of the current polarization and dysfunction in national politics are the ongoing effects of two post-war upheavals -- the cultural and political revolution of the 1960s and the...
Wilken Lecture poster
April 10, 2019
The Annual William E. and Carol G. Simon Lecture on Religion in American Public Life
Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, University of Virginia
Much writing on religious freedom focuses on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and on the Enlightenment. But the developments of those centuries are only intelligible when seen in a longer...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute
Joanne Freeman lecture poster
March 14, 2019
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Joanne B. Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University 
If you think the conflict in today’s U.S. Congress is at a historic extreme, Yale historian Joanne Freeman helps set the record straight. In The Field of Blood, Freeman explores the history ...
Michael Doran lecture poster
March 4, 2019
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Michael Doran *97, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Since 2001, the United States has been waging war in the greater Middle East. More than seventeen years after the attacks of 9/11, it is impossible to give authoritative answers to very basic...
Cosponsor: The Institute for Transregional Studies and the Program in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Poster for Brookhiser lecture on John Marshall
February 18, 2019
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Richard Brookhiser, Senior Editor, National Review
In 1801, John Marshall became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, holding the post for a record 34 years. Before he joined the Supreme Court, it was the weakling of the federal government...
Rabbinic Law Poster
February 7, 2019
Chaim Saiman, Professor of Law, Villanova UniversityLeora BatnitzkyRonald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Princeton University
Cosponsors: The Tikvah Fund, The Ronald O. Perelman Program in Judaic Studies, Princeton University
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn event poster
December 12, 2018
Daniel Mahoney, Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship, Assumption College; Eugene F. Rivers, III, Founding Director, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies; David L. Tubbs *01, Associate Professor of Politics, The King's College. Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of King's Death and the Centenary of Solzhenitsyn's Birth.  Daniel J. Mahoney holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption...
Religious Traditions and the Law event poster
December 5, 2018
Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School; William S. Brewbaker III, William Alfred Rose Professor of Law, University of AlabamaSamuel J. Levine, Director of the Jewish Law Institute and Professor of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School. Moderated by Chaim Saiman, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Each of the Abrahamic religious traditions relates to the idea of law in a variety of different ways: as covenant between God and man, as an ordering principle of natural and human behavior, or as a...
Cosponsor: Princeton University Library
UCHV lecture
November 28, 2018 to November 29, 2018
Michael W. McConnellRichard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School; Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution; Commentators: Gillian MetzgerStanley H. Fuld Professor of Law, Columbia Law SchoolEric NelsonRobert M. Beren Professor of Government, Harvard UniversityJeffrey Tulis, Associate Professor of Government, University of TexasAmanda Tyler, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Professor McConnell’s lectures will address executive power and its limits under the U.S. Constitution.  His lectures will argue that the actual process of formulating the executive power at the...
Cosponsor: James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Epstein lecture poster
November 26, 2018
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Richard EpsteinLaurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School 
The anti-discrimination laws were passed with great confidence in the 1960s and yet in the eyes of their intended beneficiaries, these programs have not achieved their initial promise, whether we...
Cosponsor: The Program in Law and Public Affairs