Past Events


America's Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration That Defined It
Feb 20, 2020, 4:30 pm

C. Bradley Thompson, BB&T Research Professor of Political Science, Clemson University

John Adams once wrote that the true American Revolution was in the “minds of the American people,” and Thomas Jefferson once described the Declaration of Independence as an “expression of the American mind.” This…

Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story
Feb 12, 2020, 4:30 pm

Wilfred M. McClayG.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma; 2019-2020 Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University; Commentators: Darren StaloffProfessor of History, City College of New York; Sean Wilentz,…

The Crisis of Democracy in Criminal Justice
Feb 10, 2020, 4:30 pm

The Honorable Stephanos Bibas, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Today, criminal justice reformers are divided between those who favor insulated professional expertise and those who advocate more popular self-government. American…

The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets
Feb 6, 2020, 4:30 pm

Thomas Philippon, Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, New York University


In his new book, economist Thomas Philippon argues that many key…

The Rise and Fall of the Judeo-Christian Consensus
Feb 5, 2020, 4:30 pm

James M. PattersonAssociate Professor of Politics, Ave Maria University

Catholics, Protestants, and Jews are not well known for getting along; throughout the twentieth century, however, Americans of all three faiths formed a religious consensus that rested on a shared set of values. Several clergy…

Digital Antisemitism, Platform Sponsored Terror, and the Race War
Jan 7, 2020, 5:00 pm

Joel Finkelstein *182019-20 Visiting Research Scholar, James Madison Program, and Director of the Network Contagion Research Institute

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Hosted by the Center for Jewish Life

Prophecy and Political Emancipation in the History of Italy
Dec 9, 2019, 4:30 pm

Maurizio Viroli, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University; Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Political Communication, University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano)

At the beginning of the Risorgimento, the Italian Unification, new prophetic voices…

The Spirit of Truth-Seeking Exhibit
Dec 7, 2019


The James Madison Program and the Arts Council of Princeton welcome all to an exhibit of pieces commissioned from the October 11th Spirit of Truth-Seeking Event of the 

Reconsidering Dr. Rush: What the “Lost” Founding Father Benjamin Rush Can Teach Us About the Revolution and America Today
Nov 21, 2019, 4:30 pm

Stephen FriedJournalist; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

By the time he was thirty, Dr. Benjamin Rush had signed the Declaration of Independence, edited Common Sense, toured Europe as Benjamin Franklin’s protégé, and…

The Plight of the Uyghurs: Mass Internment in Western China
Nov 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

Rushan AbbasFounder and Director, Campaign for UyghursAaron L. FriedbergProfessor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton UniversityAdrian ZenzSenior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

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