Past Events


Great Minds Matter: Western Civilization and the Liberal Arts with Ben Sasse
May 24, 2024, 11:00 am

A Princeton University Reunions lecture with Ben Sasse, President of the University of Florida and former United States Senator from Nebraska, in conversation with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program.

The James Madison Program is honored to welcome to Princeton Ben Sasse, Ph.D.,…

Constitutional Integrity: Interpretation, Construction, and Freedom in the Thought of Keith Whittington
May 16, 2024, 9:00 am

A private conference presented by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in honor of Keith Whittington for his 25 years of distinguished service to Princeton University and his many contributions to the field of constitutional studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Politics and funded by the Bouton Law Lecture Fund.…

May 11, 2024, 3:00 pm

Please join us for a folk music event in honor of philosophy Professor Michael Smith, who will be retiring from Princeton at the end of this calendar year!

Born and raised in Australia, Michael Smith studied philosophy at Monash University

Speech That May Cause Illegal Conduct
Apr 30, 2024, 4:30 pm

Speech can often foreseeably lead to illegal conduct.  That is especially so for speech broadcast to a vast audience; 99.99% of the listeners may react to it peacefully, but .01% may react criminally, whether with criminal threats, vandalism, or even violence.  What should the law do about this sort of speech, whether the speech is…

After Racialism
Apr 24, 2024, 4:30 pm

Debates over race and racism — their importance to U.S. history, their salience for present-day politics, and what steps the government should take to address them — are central to our politics. While there is widespread agreement that the state of race relations in America is a matter of urgent concern, there is deep disagreement over the…

The End of Free Speech is the End of Science
Apr 15, 2024, 4:30 pm

In this talk, Professor Bhattacharya will present early scientific work regarding the mortality risk of COVID infection and the harms of lockdown policies adopted to suppress COVID disease spread. He will then present evidence that top American scientific bureaucrats worked to suppress widespread knowledge of the scientific and policy debates…

The Right and the Future of Capitalism
Apr 10, 2024, 4:30 pm

Recent years have seen a debate about whether conservatives should rethink their commitment to free-market principles, and whether a new economic approach is coming to conservatism. This event features commentary on that theme from two important commentators on the economy and the Right, Samuel Gregg of the American Institute for Economic…

Piety, Philosophy, and Politics: The Nicomachean Ethics as Aristotle’s Discovery of the Human
Apr 4, 2024, 4:30 pm

As is often noted, piety is not among the list of moral and intellectual virtues mentioned by Aristotle in the Ethics. I argue that this is neither an oversight on Aristotle’s part nor a subtle way for him to reject the legitimacy or importance of piety. Rather, for Aristotle piety is not simply one of the virtues but in fact it…

What Free Speech Is - And What It Isn't - Princetonians for Free Speech
Mar 19, 2024, 5:00 pm

Professor Robert George and Judge Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will engage in a conversation on civil liberties and contemporary free speech issues. Professor George and Judge Duncan will discuss constitutional protections and limitations on free speech, jurisprudential approaches to the First Amendment and…

Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of Slavery in America
Feb 26, 2024, 4:30 pm

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln (and the Republican Party) stood as the only viable alternative to the moral indifference of Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas’s “popular sovereignty” and the pro-slavery politics of Vice President John Breckinridge of Kentucky. This lecture will argue that Lincoln was a savvy but principled politician who tried to…