Past Events


What Kind of Republic? A Discussion on the Constitution and Democracy Today
Sep 14, 2021, 4:30 pm

With Princeton professors Ruha Benjamin, Amaney Jamal, Kevin Kruse and Aisha Beliso De-Jesús (moderator)

Princeton University annually commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution, exploring permutations of constitutional law to the present day. This year, a virtual panel…

Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and Viewpoint Diversity on Campus
May 20, 2021, 6:00 pm

Flora Champy, Assistant Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University; Randall Kennedy '77, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School; Stuart Taylor, Jr. '70, Journalist and President of Princetonians for Free Speech

Give Virtue a Chance: What Nasty Renaissance Politics Can Tell Us About Nasty Modern Politics
May 17, 2021, 4:30 pm

James HankinsProfessor of History, Harvard University, and Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, Princeton University

Convulsed by a civilizational crisis, the…

Culture, Pluralism, and Human Rights
May 12, 2021, 4:30 pm

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law Emerita, Harvard University; Hamza Yusuf Hanson, President and Co-Founder, Zaytuna College; David Novak, J. Richard & Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of…

Reclaiming Patriotism: A conversation with Steven Smith
May 4, 2021, 7:00 pm

Steven B. Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy, Yale University, with Peter Wicks, Scholar-in-Residence, The Elm Institute.

In his new book, Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes, Steven Smith seeks to defend patriotism…

The End(s) of the Humanities
Apr 12, 2021, 4:30 pm

Zena HitzTutor, St. John’s College; Anthony KronmanSterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Jonathan MarksProfessor of Politics, Ursinus College

Moderated by Joshua Katz, Cotsen Professor in the Humanities; Professor of…

What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics
Apr 8, 2021, 4:30 pm

O. Carter Snead, Professor of Law; Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture; Concurrent Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions…

Great Society or Greatest Society? What Lyndon Johnson Dreamed
Mar 22, 2021, 4:30 pm


Amity Shlaes, Chairman, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, with Allen C. GuelzoSenior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, James Madison Program,…

Ralph Ellison: The Black American Novel as Cultural Commentary
Feb 9, 2021, 4:30 pm

Lucas Morel, John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics; Head of the Politics Department, Washington and Lee University, and Antonin Scalia, Communications Coordinator, James Madison Program, Princeton University

Ralph Ellison is one of the great names in American…

The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation
Dec 15, 2020, 4:30 pm

Lynne V. CheneySenior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, Princeton University

A conversation on