Past Events


The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present and Future
Dec 1, 2005, 4:00 pm

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Forty years ago, the conservative activists who had helped Barry Goldwater win the Republican presidential nomination—and had seen him lose by then-record margins—set out to create a new political movement to reverse what they saw as an overwhelming liberal domination of American politics…

Ronald Reagan in Perspective
Nov 30, 2005, 4:30 pm

Lou Cannon, The Washington Post; Jack Matlock, Jr., diplomat; Fred Greenstein, Princeton University

What manner of president was Ronald Reagan? What difference did his eight years in the White House make? Does his presidency offer lessons for today?

Death and Politics
Nov 9, 2005, 4:30 pm

Joseph Bottum, Editor, First Things

60 Years Later: Critical Books of the 20th. Century, Part 4 E. H. Carr's The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939
Oct 25, 2005, 4:30 pm

Michael Cox, London School of Economics; Thomas Christensen, Princeton University; Harold James, Princeton University; Moderator: G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University

Co-Sponsored by:

Princeton Institute for International…

Rehabilitating Eugenics
Oct 19, 2005, 4:30 pm

Christine Rosen, Ethics and Public Policy Center


Christine Rosen is a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, where she is involved in the Project on Biotechnology and writes about the history of genetics, the social impact of technology, the fertility industry, and bioethics. She…

American Ideals and National Memory
Oct 10, 2005, 4:30 pm

Bruce Cole, Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

Nature and History in the Thought of the American Founders
Oct 6, 2005, 4:30 pm

James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

Endowed by the late Herbert "Wiley" Vaughan, founding member of the Madison Program's Advisory Council, the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles is an endowed Princeton University lecture that is hosted by the James…

Theocracy, Conscience, and the Rule of Law
Oct 4, 2005, 8:00 pm

Rémi Brague, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)

Professor Brague suggests that it is commonly admitted that the present struggle is fought between theocracies and democracies. Now, "theocracies" are not always the rule of priests. The word was coined by Flavius Josephus in order to describe the rule…

Constitutional Constraints on Constitutional Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Violates the Constitution As Well As Vindicates It
Sep 22, 2005, 4:30 pm

Jack Wade Nowlin, Associate Professor of Law and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr., Lecturer in Law University of Mississippi

Professor Nowlin’s talk engages a significant but often neglected question in American constitutional law: Whether the U.S. Supreme Court can itself be said to violate the…

Natural Law and Natural Rights in Contemporary Jurisprudence: A Conference in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Publication of John Finnis's Natural Law and Natural Rights
Sep 16, 2005, 9:15 am

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In Natural Law and Natural Rights (1980), John Finnis did for the tradition of natural law theory what his great teacher, H.L.A. Hart, had done 20 years earlier in The Concept of Law for the tradition of legal positivism. He revitalized a classic tradition of thought about law, morality, and…