Past Events

May conference poster
May 22, 2017 to May 23, 2017
The Annual Robert J. Giuffra '82 Conference
Keynote Address by Leon R. Kass, M.D., Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College, University of Chicago; Madden-Jewett Chair, American Enterprise Institute
The free society is a great blessing, but it is not itself the sum of all blessings. We cherish our freedom, but we sense that it is a limited good, that it is to be used in the pursuit of other...
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions at Texas Tech University
Smith event poster
May 9, 2017 to May 11, 2017
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Standard depictions of the Culture Wars as a conflict between “secular” and “religious”  constituencies resonate with an entrenched historical paradigm, interpreting Western history as having...
Felzenberg poster
May 2, 2017
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Alvin S. Felzenberg *75, *78Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania; Author of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. (Yale University Press, 2017); and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Alvin S. Felzenberg *75, *78 is Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Director of Communications for the Joint Economic...
Country Bluegrass event poster
May 1, 2017
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University (Banjo, Guitar)
Robin Ringgold Cockey (Fiddle)
Doug Greason (Bass)
Charles McGovern (Mandolin, Guitar)
Daniel Miner (Guitar) 
Glenn Rosen (Washboard, Spoons, Piano)
and Dave Scheiber (Pedal Steel Guitar)
Arthur Brooks event poster
April 20, 2017
Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
Entrepreneurship has always played a central role in American society. Ambitious individuals using their talents to create new ventures are a central piece of our national story. But at its root, to...
Cosponsor: The American Enterprise Institute
Goldsmith poster
April 17, 2017
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
Jack GoldsmithHenry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard University
This lecture will be about the extent to which the President of the United States has come to dominate the making and interpretation of international law—including treaties, customary international...
Harold James poster
April 11, 2017
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Harold JamesClaude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, Professor of History and International Affairs, and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Princeton University
Now that the UK has invoked article 50 of the European Union Treaty and triggered Brexit, the position of both the UK and the European Union is precarious and fraught.  Which side is most vulnerable...
Faulkner event poster
April 6, 2017
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Robert K. Faulkner, Research Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Make America great again?  But what is America’s greatness?  The famous Alexis De Tocqueville explored the tensions among this dynamic country’s expanding ambitions and complicated creed of equal...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute
PUCC Global Governance Forum poster
April 6, 2017 to April 9, 2017
The US-China Global Governance Forum will consist of a series of lectures and talks, delivered by prominent Princeton Faculty and other distinguished scholars in the field of US-China relations. These talks will focus on a comparative examination of the political and legal institutions in China and the United States, and will cover a wide-ranging spectrum of historic and contemporary issues.
This event is sponsored and organized by the Princeton University U.S. China Coalition. Thursday, April 6, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
Cosponsors: The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Center on Contemporary China, University Center for Human Values, Humanities Council's Ferris Seminar in Journalism, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, The Program in Law and Public Affairs, The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, Princeton USG Projects Board, History and the Practice of Diplomacy
Scruton poster
April 3, 2017
3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion featuring Daniel CullenProfessor of Political Science, Rhodes CollegeAlicja GescinskaPhilosopher and Novelist; John HaldaneJ. Newton Rayzor, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University; and Mark JohnstonHenry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy​, Princeton University.   4:45 p.m. Public Lecture by Sir Roger ScrutonWriter and Philosopher; Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, on Philosophy in the Public Culture.
The following books will be available for sale by Labyrinth Books; the book signing will occur after the lecture, at 6:00 p.m. On Human Nature (Princeton University Press, 2017)