Past Events

Afghanistan Poster
September 15, 2021
Bernard HaykelProfessor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, Princeton University; Melissa M. Lee, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Michael A. Reynolds, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Registration for this event is free, required, and available here...
Reunions 2021 event poster showing title in orange and event details in navy blue
May 20, 2021
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Flora Champy, Assistant Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University; Randall Kennedy '77, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School; Stuart Taylor, Jr. '70, Journalist and President of Princetonians for Free Speech
Universities are supposed to be institutions devoted to truth-seeking scholarly research and non-indoctrinating teaching. For them to fulfill their missions, basic freedoms—above all liberty of...
Plaster wall background with Hankins event text
May 17, 2021
James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship
James HankinsProfessor of History, Harvard University, and 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
Convulsed by a civilizational crisis, the great thinkers of the Renaissance set out to reconceive the nature of society. Everywhere they saw problems. Corrupt and reckless tyrants sowing discord and...
Poster for the Culture, Pluralism, and Human Rights event - diverse group of hands reaching up against a white background
May 12, 2021
Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law Emerita, Harvard University; Hamza Yusuf Hanson, President and Co-Founder, Zaytuna College; David Novak, J. Richard & Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Toronto Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Please join us for a panel discussion honoring the work of Mary Ann Glendon. Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law Emerita at Harvard University and a former U.S....
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions
1865 painting of "The Veteran in a New Field" with the words "Reclaiming Patriotism" and the Elm Institute logo in white
May 4, 2021
Steven B. Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy, Yale University, with Peter Wicks, Scholar-in-Residence, The Elm Institute.
In his new book, Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes, Steven Smith seeks to defend patriotism from critics on the left and right. Patriotism, Smith argues, is rightly understood as...
Event poster featuring a stack of books in a dark room with an old clock on a chain
April 12, 2021
Zena HitzTutor, St. John’s College; Anthony KronmanSterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Jonathan MarksProfessor of Politics, Ursinus College Moderated by Joshua Katz, Cotsen Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Classics, Princeton University
The phrase “The End(s) of the Humanities” opens up a range of possible topics for conversation with three distinguished scholars who have recently written books about the life of the mind that are as...
poster for the "What it Means to be Human" lecture by O. Carter Snead with yellow holographic images of male and female bodies
April 8, 2021
The Harold T. Shapiro Lecture on Ethics, Science, and Technology
O. Carter Snead, Professor of Law; Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture; Concurrent Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Cosponsor: The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Amity Shlaes event poster with red, black, and white book cover image of Great Society
March 22, 2021
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Amity Shlaes, Chairman, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, with Allen C. GuelzoSenior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, James Madison Program, Princeton University
A conversation on Great Society: A New History by Amity Shlaes (HarperCollins, 2019). Today, a battle...
Poster for 2021 Black History Month - photo of Ralph Ellison in front of bookshelf
February 9, 2021
James Madison Program Black History Month Event
Lucas Morel, John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics; Head of the Politics Department, Washington and Lee University, and Antonin Scalia, Communications Coordinator, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Ralph Ellison is one of the great names in American literature, and perhaps the greatest of African American novelists. His most famous work, Invisible Man, occupies a central place in the...
Cheney event poster
December 15, 2020
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Lynne V. CheneySenior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and 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

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