Past Events


Prophecy and Political Emancipation in the History of Italy
Dec 9, 2019, 4:30 pm

Maurizio Viroli, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University; Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Political Communication, University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano)

At the beginning of the Risorgimento, the Italian Unification, new prophetic voices…

The Spirit of Truth-Seeking Exhibit
Dec 7, 2019


The James Madison Program and the Arts Council of Princeton welcome all to an exhibit of pieces commissioned from the October 11th Spirit of Truth-Seeking Event of the 

Reconsidering Dr. Rush: What the “Lost” Founding Father Benjamin Rush Can Teach Us About the Revolution and America Today
Nov 21, 2019, 4:30 pm

Stephen FriedJournalist; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

By the time he was thirty, Dr. Benjamin Rush had signed the Declaration of Independence, edited Common Sense, toured Europe as Benjamin Franklin’s protégé, and…

The Plight of the Uyghurs: Mass Internment in Western China
Nov 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

Rushan AbbasFounder and Director, Campaign for UyghursAaron L. FriedbergProfessor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton UniversityAdrian ZenzSenior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Moderated by …

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​

Tickets are strictly required for this free event. The ticket lottery has been closed. 


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…