Past Events


The Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy: An Assessment
Dec 14, 2015, 4:30 pm

Walter Russell MeadJames Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College; Editor-at-Large, The American Interest

As 2015 draws to a close, ISIS has tightened its grip, Russia has boots on the ground in both Ukraine and Syria, Iran has "advisors" in four countries in the Middle…

Justice William Brennan and the Living Constitution
Dec 4, 2015, 4:30 pm

Alan R. GibsonProfessor of Political Science, California State University-Chico; Carson L. Holloway, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bradley C. S. WatsonPhilip M. McKenna Chair, Department of Politics and Co-Director…

Why We Need the Humanities
Nov 18, 2015, 4:30 pm

Donald L. Drakeman *88Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame; Fellow in Health Management, University of Cambridge; Venture Partner, Advent Venture Partners
Author of Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law and the Common Good …

What is the Jewish Witness in the Civic Order?
Nov 11, 2015, 4:30 pm

Meir Soloveichik *10Rabbi; Director, Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University

Rabbi Soloveichik’s lecture focuses on the incredible story of one of America's earliest Jews, and the link between Judaism and the American idea.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Y…

Not In God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Nov 9, 2015, 7:15 pm

Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksEmeritus Chief Rabbi, United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Life

An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was recently named…

The Moynihan Report at 50: Reflections, Realities, and Prospects
Oct 30, 2015, 1:30 pm

The Moynihan Report at 50 is a robust dialogue among scholars across disciplines and political perspectives as they reflect on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report on the state of the African-American family in the United States. A scholar of both policy and social science, the New York senator explored the structural and…

Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue
Oct 18, 2015, 4:30 pm

Anver M. Emon, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law, University of Toronto; Matthew LeveringPerry Family Foundation Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary; Co-Director, The Chicago Theological Initiative; David Novak

The Living Presidency's Imperial Beginnings
Sep 28, 2015, 4:30 pm

Saikrishna Bangalore PrakashJames Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor, University of Virginia

Contrary to popular belief, the founders constructed an executive that was regal in all but name.  The President, with authority over law execution, foreign…

James Madison’s Constitution: In Order to Establish Justice
Sep 22, 2015, 4:30 pm

Lynn UzzellScholar in Residence, Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, James Madison’s Montpelier

Respondents: Darren StaloffProfessor of History, The City College of New York and The City University of New York; William B…

Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
Sep 16, 2015, 4:30 pm

The Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture by Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University. Commentary by Sarah Rivett, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University.

Sean Wilentz is the…