Past Events


First Among Equals
Mar 20, 2023, 4:30 pm

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 equal is an ancient one, with deep roots in Roman Law and Christianity. This lecture series explores how and why, in 17th-century England, this long-standing idea began to have profound political consequences—if not all of the consequences modern egalitarians expect.

Agency, Not Equity: A Path to Achieve Excellence for All Versus Universal Mediocrity
Feb 16, 2023, 4:30 pm


Ian Rowe, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute


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…

'Of course I shall defend you’: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Alliances with Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington
Feb 13, 2023, 4:30 pm


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:…

Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President with Allen C. Guelzo at Ford's Theatre
Feb 9, 2023, 7:00 pm


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

The (College) Kids Are Not OK (And What to Do About It): A Conversation with William Deresiewicz on The End of Solitude
Jan 24, 2023, 4:30 pm


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…

How Justice Alito ’72, the Supreme Court’s Originalists, and Almost All Conservatives Misinterpret the Free Exercise of Religion
Nov 15, 2022, 4:30 pm

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…

Institutional Neutrality and the Mission of the University
Nov 11, 2022


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…

Braver Angels Debate: Should Parents Have the Primary Say in Their Child's Publicly Funded Education?
Nov 1, 2022, 5:30 pm

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.


The State of Conservatism 2022
Oct 26, 2022, 4:30 pm

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 path of a…

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
Oct 13, 2022, 4:30 pm

Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College

Join us for a discussion with Professor Carl Trueman on his book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia,…