Past Events


Arguing Excellence: A Logocratic Approach to Measures of Virtue
Dec 7, 2021, 4:30 pm

Scott BrewerProfessor of Law, Harvard University 

Please join us for a lecture by Scott Brewer, professor of law at Harvard University. In this lecture, he will explore what kinds of competitive success are valuable, and why are they valuable? This topic lies at the intersection of…

Robert E. Lee: A Life
Dec 2, 2021, 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 at Princeton University; James M. McPherson, George Henry David '86 Professor Emeritus of History, Princeton University

The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution
Nov 1, 2021, 4:30 pm

Kevin J. Weddle *03Professor of Military Theory and Strategy and the Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and Allen C. Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities; Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and…

Statesmanship as Human Excellence: Exemplars of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation
Oct 27, 2021, 4:30 pm

Daniel J. Mahoney, Senior Writer at Law & Liberty, Professor Emeritus at Assumption University

The lecture will challenge the widespread, even dominant, view of politics as nothing but a vehicle for raw power and domination. Such false realism obfuscates both the very real quest for justice…

Climate and the Potential for Life on Other Planets
Oct 21, 2021, 4:30 pm

Dorian Abbot, Associate Professor of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

Professor Abbot's talk was originally scheduled to be the Carlson Lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When MIT cancelled

Why Study Classics?
Oct 6, 2021, 7:00 pm

Anika PratherLecturer at Howard University, and Solveig Gold, Senior Research Assistant in the James Madison Program and PhD Candidate in Classics at the University of Cambridge

By looking at the lives of African Americans who have found inspiration in the classics we can all…

Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: A Discussion of the Princeton Class of 2025 Pre-Read
Oct 1, 2021, 4:30 pm

Jennifer Morton '02Presidential Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania; Gabrielle Girgis *20Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar with the Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government, University of Notre Dame; Postdoctoral Fellow,…

The Baby and the Bathwater: Toward a Recovery of the American Idea
Sep 23, 2021, 5:30 pm

Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University; Ryan T. Anderson, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center

In conversation with Alexandra DeSanctis…

What Does It Mean to Interpret the Constitution?
Sep 22, 2021, 4:30 pm

Donald L. Drakeman *88, Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Constitutional Studies, University of Notre DameKeith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Moderated by Robert P. George, Director of the…

Afghanistan: What Happened and What Can Be Done?
Sep 15, 2021, 4:30 pm

Bernard HaykelProfessor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, Princeton University; Melissa M. Lee, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Michael A…