Past Events


Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present
Nov 14, 2019, 4:30 pm

Keith E. WhittingtonWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Marc O. DeGirolami, Cary Fields Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Religion, St. John’s University School of LawRobert F. Nagel, Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr…

Give Me Liberty: America's Exceptional Idea
Nov 13, 2019, 4:30 pm

Richard BrookhiserSenior Editor, National Review

Nationalism is inevitable: it supplies feelings of belonging, identity, and recognition. It binds us to our neighbors and tells us who we are. But increasingly—from the United States to India, from Russia to Burma—nationalism is being invoked for…

Active and Passive Citizens
Nov 6, 2019, 4:30 pm

Richard TuckFrank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard University

Commentators: Simone Chambers, Professor of Political Science, University of California; Joshua CohenDistinguished Senior Fellow, University of CaliforniaJohn…

America and the Just War Tradition
Nov 4, 2019, 4:30 pm

J. Daryl CharlesAffiliated Scholar in Theology and Ethics, Acton Institute and Mark David HallHerbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics, George Fox University

Commentary by Allen C. Guelzo, Director, Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship,…

Princeton's Civil War: A Guided Tour
Nov 2, 2019, 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, Princeton University​

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The Constitution as Our Story
Oct 17, 2019, 4:30 pm

The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

The story of America’s history—its pivotal moments, its triumphs, and its disgraces—can’t be told without the Constitution. The Constitution’s amendments are documentary…

The Spirit of Truth-Seeking
Oct 11, 2019, 7:00 pm

Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton UniversityCornel West *80Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University; Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies,…

The Challenge to "Brain Death": Are We Taking Organs from Living Human Beings, and If We Are, Does It Matter?
Oct 2, 2019, 4:30 pm

D. Alan Shewmon, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of California; Patrick LeeProfessor of Philosophy and John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics, Franciscan University of SteubenvillePeter SingerIra W. DeCamp…

The Digital Attention Economy: Overcoming Distraction and Thinking for Yourself
Sep 26, 2019, 4:30 pm

Antón Barba-KayAssociate Professor of Philosophy, Catholic University of AmericaMark BauerleinProfessor Emeritus of English, Emory University; Glenn Harlan ReynoldsBeauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

Is the Supreme Court Legitimate?
Sep 19, 2019, 4:30 pm

Michael S. GreveProfessor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

During recent months, there have been sharp public attacks on the Supreme Court. Especially in the wake of Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment, critics loudly question the Court’s legitimacy, and they propose rather…