Past Events

poster for the "What it Means to be Human" lecture by O. Carter Snead with yellow holographic images of male and female bodies
April 8, 2021
The Harold T. Shapiro Lecture on Ethics, Science, and Technology
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, Princeton University
Cosponsor: The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Amity Shlaes event poster with red, black, and white book cover image of Great Society
March 22, 2021
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
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, Princeton University
A conversation on Great Society: A New History by Amity Shlaes (HarperCollins, 2019). Today, a battle...
Poster for 2021 Black History Month - photo of Ralph Ellison in front of bookshelf
February 9, 2021
James Madison Program Black History Month Event
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 literature, and perhaps the greatest of African American novelists. His most famous work, Invisible Man, occupies a central place in the...
Cheney event poster
December 15, 2020
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
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
Sandel event poster
November 30, 2020
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
Michael J. Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University, and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Christakis event poster
November 18, 2020
Nicholas A. Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Professor Christakis is a leading authority on contagions, both biological and ideological. He has been a very important voice in ensuring that consideration of COVID-19 is fact-based and rooted in...
Cosponsor: The Elm Institute
poster for George Washington event
November 13, 2020
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
William Allen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Michigan State University, and Paul O. Carrese, Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University Moderated by Diana Schaub, Visiting Professor, Harvard University; Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland
When George Washington died in December 1799, his comrade in arms in the Revolution, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, eulogized the great general and president in the House of Representatives,...
Poster for Election 2020 event
October 29, 2020
James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship
Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University; Brandice Canes-WroneDonald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and Professor of Politics, Princeton University; and Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School Moderated by 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
In addressing the question of whether or not the Constitution is up to the task, the panelists will explore the following: What are the constitutional results of neither presidential candidate...
Poster for Prakash event
October 6, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Saikrishna Bangalore PrakashJames Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Keith E. WhittingtonWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University Moderated by Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Poster for McGinnis Constitution Day 2020 event
September 17, 2020
James Madison Program Constitution Day Event
John O. McGinnisGeorge C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University, and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Stated most generally, the purpose of a constitution is to serve the common good of a political society. How does the Constitution of the United States serve the common good of the America polity and...

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