Past Events


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,…

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…