Past Events

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...
Scala logo
April 24, 2020
Margarita A. MooneyAssociate Professor of Congregational Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Executive Director, Scala Foundation in conversation with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University
Scala Foundation's Love of Learning Live series continues with Madison Program Director, Professor Robert P. George. Register today for this exciting conversation, in which Professor George and...
Cosponsors: Scala Foundation, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Statesmanship in Times of Crisis promotional poster
April 9, 2020
Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program, Princeton University and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University
Please join James Madison Program Director Robert P. George for a conversation with Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship and Senior...
Cosponsor: Princeton University Humanities Council
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
Munoz poster
March 2, 2020 to 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
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...

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