Past Events

Poster advertising The Supreme Court's Overruling of Roe v. Wade UCHV event
March 23, 2023
James E. Fleming, The Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law at Boston University and author of Constructing Basic Liberties: A Defense of Substantive Due Process Commentary by Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University Moderated by Stephen S. Macedo, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Free and open to the public - Registration required to attend in person -...
Cosponsors: James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton Progressive Law Society, University Center for Human Values, Law @ Princeton, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Bejan poster
March 20, 2023 to March 22, 2023
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Teresa Bejan, Professor of Political Theory and a Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford
Series Overview: First Among Equals As a defining premise of modern political thought, equality often commands more allegiance than investigation. Yet the idea that human beings are...
Rowe Lecture flyer
February 16, 2023
James Madison Program Black History Month Event
Ian Rowe, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Ana Samuel '00, Academic Director and Founder, Canavox Ian Rowe is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. Mr. Rowe is also the cofounder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools opening in the Bronx in 2022; the chairman of the board of Spence-Chapin, a nonprofit adoption services organization; and the cofounder of the National Summer School Initiative. He concurrently serves as a senior visiting fellow at the Woodson Center and a writer for the 1776 Unites Campaign. Until July 1, 2020, Mr. Rowe was CEO of Public Prep, a nonprofit network of public charter schools based in the South Bronx and Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before joining Public Prep, he was deputy director of postsecondary success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, senior vice president of strategic partnerships and public affairs at MTV, director of strategy and performance measurement at the USA Freedom Corps office in... Read more
Join us for a conversation with Ian Rowe and Ana Samuel. They will discuss the “blame the system” narrative that teaches kids they are powerless against societal forces—that only systemic change can...
Dean Jarrett flyer
February 13, 2023
Gene A. Jarrett, Dean of the Faculty and William S. Tod Professor of English at Princeton University Gene Andrew Jarrett is Dean of the Faculty and William S. Tod Professor of English at Princeton University. He is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature. He is also the coeditor of The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar and The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar. For his latest book, Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird, published in June 2022 by Princeton University Press, he has won fellowships from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Dean Jarrett will tell the little-known yet remarkable stories of how an African American poet born in Dayton, Ohio, captivated powerful political leaders across the so-called color line at the turn...
A poster advertising the Abraham Lincoln Redeemer President event
February 9, 2023
James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship
Allen C. Guelzo, Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar and Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship Lucas Morel, John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University Richard Brookhiser, Senior Editor at National Review
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Cosponsors: American Enterprise Institute, Ethics and Public Policy Center, American University's Lincoln Scholars Program, Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia
William Deresiewicz event poster
January 24, 2023
Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression
William Deresiewicz, best-selling author of The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society. Allen C. Guelzo, Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar and Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship Shilo Brooks, Assistant Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and Lecturer in the Department of Politics
Vincent Phillip Munoz
November 15, 2022
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Vincent Phillip MuñozTocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame
In 2021 Supreme Court case City of Philadelphia v. Fulton, Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch called for a reversal of the Court’s leading religious liberty precedent ...
Institutional Neutrality and the Mission of the University Conference Poster
November 11, 2022
Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression
William Allen, Michigan State University Paul Clement, Former Solicitor General of the United States Stanley Katz, Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies Anna Krylov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California Nadine Strossen, Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union R. Shep Melnick, Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College and co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government Rosemarie Monge, Associate Professor of Ethics and Business Law, St. Thomas University; 2022-23 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow Richard Shweder, Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development in the Department of Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago John Tomasi, President, Heterodox Academy
Livestream of the event available at during the public panel times (10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm)....
Braver Angels Debate Flyer: Should Parents Have The Primary Say In Their Child's Publicly Funded Education?
November 1, 2022
Organized by Braver Angels.   Sponsored by the Princeton Open Campus Coalition and the James Madison Program Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression, and supported by Princetonians for Free Speech.   REGISTER HERE   Princeton students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a respectful conversation touching all sides of a challenging issue. Brought to you with the support of a partnership of Braver Angels, BridgeUSA, and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), non-profit organizations that believe in the power of free expression and respectful exchange of ideas on America's college campuses.   Join Braver Angels for a debate at Princeton on November... Read more
Cosponsors: James Madison Program Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression, Princeton Open Campus Coalition
Image of Matt Continetti
October 26, 2022
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Matthew Continetti, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Author, and Journalist
Where does the conservative movement of William F. Buckley Jr., Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan stand today? By tracing the history of American conservative thought and politics, we can follow the...