Past Events

March 30, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
EVENT POSTPONED  Bradley C. S. WatsonPhilip M. McKenna Chair, Department of Politics, and Co-Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought, Saint Vincent College
This talk shows the extent to which twentieth-century American historians downplayed the hostility of progressive theory to the founders’ Constitution, as well as the theory’s reconfiguration of...
Pandemic Poster
March 30, 2020
Nicholas A. ChristakisSterling 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
March 26, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
EVENT POSTPONED  Colin Dueck *01, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; Non-Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Respondents: William Anthony Hay, 2019-2020 Garwood Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Professor of History, Mississippi State University; Michael A. ReynoldsAssociate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
In his latest book, Age of Iron, Colin Dueck explores the past, present, and future of Republican foreign policy nationalism.  He argues that American conservatives and Republican presidents...
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March 4, 2020
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Vincent Phillip MuñozTocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Respondents: Donald L. Drakeman *88Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame; Fellow in Health Management, University of Cambridge; Michael P. MorelandUniversity Professor of Law and Religion; Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy, Villanova University
Lecture Three: Should We Adopt the Founders’ Natural Rights Constitutionalism of Religious Liberty? In his final lecture, Professor Muñoz will discuss the case for and against...
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March 3, 2020
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Vincent Phillip MuñozTocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame
Lecture Two: Constructing the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses: A New Originalist Approach to Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State In his second lecture,...
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March 2, 2020
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Vincent Phillip MuñozTocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame
Lecture One: Justice Scalia was Right in Smith: Why the Original Meaning of the Free Exercise Clause Does Not Require Religious Exemptions In his first lecture, Professor...
Poster for Adam J. White Event
February 27, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Adam J. White, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
In The Federalist's famous description of constitutional checks and balances, Publius emphasized that "[t]he interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place...
Cosponsor: The American Enterprise Institute
Poster for Thompson lecture on America's Revolutionary Mind - text on background of flag and Declaration of Independence
February 20, 2020
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
C. Bradley Thompson, BB&T Research Professor of Political Science, Clemson University
John Adams once wrote that the true American Revolution was in the “minds of the American people,” and Thomas Jefferson once described the Declaration of Independence as an “expression of the...
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February 12, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Wilfred M. McClayG.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma; 2019-2020 Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University; Commentators: Darren StaloffProfessor of History, City College of New York; Sean WilentzGeorge Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University; Moderator: Allen C. GuelzoSenior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, Princeton University
Those who approach the study of American history deserve an introduction that sweeps across politics, social life, and culture, without demanding the reader’s assent to an ideological agenda. They...
Bibas Event Poster - The Crisis of Democracy in Criminal Justice
February 10, 2020
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
The Honorable Stephanos Bibas, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Today, criminal justice reformers are divided between those who favor insulated professional expertise and those who advocate more popular self-government. American criminal justice has become too...

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