Past Events


A Frontier of Possibilities: Columbus Day Lecture with Brad Birzer
Oct 10, 2022, 4:30 pm

Brad Birzer, Professor of History, Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies, Hillsdale College

Co-sponsored and supported by the National Italian-American Foundation Birzer will address the meaning of the frontier in American history, giving examples from Columbus through the 19th century…
Current Free Speech Controversies: A Discussion with Nadine Strossen
Oct 6, 2022, 4:30 pm


Nadine StrossenFormer President, American Civil Liberties Union

Join us for a conversation with Nadine Strossen and Princeton Professor Gregory Conti about free speech and academic freedom on campus. This event is part of our Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression…

The Antonin Scalia Constitution Day Lecture with Judge Amul Thapar: Originalism in Theory and Practice
Sep 22, 2022, 4:30 pm

Judge Amul R. Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Supported by the Jack Miller Center

Join us for our annual Antonin Scalia Constitution Day Lecture with Judge Amul Thapar, "Originalism in Theory and Practice."

Judge Amul R. Thapar

Everything is Fine Until You Relax: God, John Foster Dulles, and Foreign Policy
Sep 8, 2022, 4:30 pm

John Wilsey, Associate Professor of Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Join us for a lecture with Professor John Wilsey on his recent book, God’s Cold Warrior: The Life and Faith of John Foster Dulles

The Fight for Free Speech at Princeton and Beyond
May 20, 2022, 1:30 pm


Rebekah Adams '21, PhD student, Carnegie Mellon University, Solveig Gold '17, Senior Research Assistant in the James Madison Program and PhD Candidate in Classics at the University of Cambridge; Myles McKnight '23Princeton…

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict
May 4, 2022, 4:30 pm

Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, co-founder of The Marathon Initiative

Join us for a discussion with Elbridge Colby about his book, The Strategy of Denial: American…

Modern Threats to the First Amendment
Apr 27, 2022, 4:30 pm


Kimberley Strassel '94, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

Join us for the Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan lecture featuring Kimberley Strassel '94. The First Amendment's traditional protectors are failing, while its new gatekeepers aren't up to the task. This lecture will discuss how…

Understanding Free Speech on Campus: The Ten Critical Judgments the Supreme Court Has Made About the Meaning of the First Amendment
Apr 11, 2022, 4:30 pm

Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Chicago 

Join us for the James Madison Program's Initiative on Freedom of Thought, Inquiry, and Expression inaugural event! 

To understand the core principles of…

Why Thomas Sowell Matters
Apr 7, 2022, 4:30 pm

Jason L. Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Join us for a discussion with Jason Riley on Thomas Sowell and why his writings—on everything from school choice and affirmative action to economic inequality and social justice—continue to be relevant to…

Losing Our Dignity
Mar 30, 2022, 4:30 pm

Charles Camosy, Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University

The Annual Harold T. Shapiro Lecture on Ethics, Science, and Technology featuring Charles Camosy, Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University. The Shapiro Lecture honors former Princeton President Harold T. Shapiro,…