Past Events


Foundational Political Concepts in American History
Mar 15, 2022, 4:30 pm

James Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

Join us for the Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Lectures featuring Professor James W. Ceaser. This event includes a series of three lectures, taking place on the evenings of March 15, March 16, and March 17. 


The Black Church: Current Challenges and Enduring Hope
Feb 24, 2022, 4:30 pm

Jacqueline C. Rivers, Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Social Science and Policy, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies

Historically, the Black Church has played a vital role in the black community, spiritually, socially, and politically.  In the current period the Black Church,…

Our Dear-Bought Liberty
Feb 17, 2022, 4:30 pm

Michael D. Breidenbach, Associate Professor of History at Ave Maria University

Our Dear-Bought Liberty is the history of how…

An American Folk Music Jamboree
Jan 20, 2022, 5:00 pm

Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and Daniel Miner, M.D.

Join us for a community performance of folk music! The performance will be facilitated by Robert P. George and feature students from his…

Arguing Excellence: A Logocratic Approach to Measures of Virtue
Dec 7, 2021, 4:30 pm

Scott BrewerProfessor of Law, Harvard University 

Please join us for a lecture by Scott Brewer, professor of law at Harvard University. In this lecture, he will explore what kinds of competitive success are valuable, and why are they valuable? This topic lies at the intersection of…

Robert E. Lee: A Life
Dec 2, 2021, 4:30 pm

Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship and Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University; James M. McPherson, George Henry David '86 Professor Emeritus of History, Princeton University

The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution
Nov 1, 2021, 4:30 pm

Kevin J. Weddle *03Professor of Military Theory and Strategy and the Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and…

Statesmanship as Human Excellence: Exemplars of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation
Oct 27, 2021, 4:30 pm

Daniel J. Mahoney, Senior Writer at Law & Liberty, Professor Emeritus at Assumption University

The lecture will challenge the widespread, even dominant, view of politics as nothing but a vehicle for raw power and domination. Such false realism obfuscates both the very real quest for justice…

Climate and the Potential for Life on Other Planets
Oct 21, 2021, 4:30 pm

Dorian Abbot, Associate Professor of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

Professor Abbot's talk was originally scheduled to be the Carlson Lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When MIT cancelled

Why Study Classics?
Oct 6, 2021, 7:00 pm

Anika PratherLecturer at Howard University, and Solveig Gold, Senior Research Assistant in the James Madison Program and PhD Candidate in Classics at the University of Cambridge

By looking at the lives of African Americans who have found inspiration in the classics we can all…