Past Events

poster for Brookhiser lecture
November 13, 2019
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
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...
Tanner lectures 2019 Poster
November 6, 2019 to November 7, 2019
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 Ferejohn, Samuel Tilden Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Melissa SchwartzbergProfessor of Politics, New York University
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values Lectures from 4:30-6:30 p.m. each day.  Professor Tuck’s lectures will address the question of “Active and Passive Citizens.” The idea that democracy rests...
Cosponsors: University Center for Human Values, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Department of History, Department of Politics
Poster for November 4, 2019 Panel on the Just War Tradition
November 4, 2019
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, James Madison Program and Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University and William Anthony Hay, 2019-2020 Garwood Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Professor of History, Mississippi State University  
J. Daryl Charles is the Acton Institute Affiliated Scholar in Theology and Ethics. He also is a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign...
Princeton Memorial Atrium
November 2, 2019
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.  Princeton University did not go to war when the American Civil War broke out in 1861, but a...
Cosponsors: Being Human Festival, Princeton University Humanities Council, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Poster for lecture on the Constitution by Judge Amy Coney Barrett
October 17, 2019
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
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 evidence of the arc of...
Cosponsor: The Program in Law and Public Affairs
The Spirit of Truth-Seeking poster with Robert George and Cornel West
October 11, 2019
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton UniversityCornel West *80Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University; Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies, Emeritus, Princeton University Welcome and Introduction by Christopher L. Eisgruber '83, Princeton University President
First-Year Families Weekend Event
Part of the Being Human Festival of the Princeton University Humanities Council Colleges and universities, especially those...
Poster for the panel on Brain Death featuring Alan Shewmon, Patrick Lee, Peter Singer, and Robert P. George
October 2, 2019
D. Alan Shewmon, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of California; Patrick LeeProfessor of Philosophy and John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics, Franciscan University of SteubenvillePeter SingerIra W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University
A DeCamp Bioethics Seminar D. Alan Shewmon received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1971 as a music major. After medical school and residencies in pediatrics and...
Cosponsor: University Center for Human Values
Poster for the Event "The Digital Attention Economy: Overcoming Distraction and Thinking for Yourself"
September 26, 2019
Antón Barba-KayAssociate Professor of Philosophy, Catholic University of AmericaMark BauerleinProfessor Emeritus of English, Emory University; Glenn Harlan ReynoldsBeauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
Moderated by Ana Samuel '00Research Scholar, Witherspoon Institute; Academic Director, Canavox  
In the digital age, distraction has gone viral. James Williams, in the 2019 Princeton University Pre-Read Stand Out of Our Light, brings his advertising and philosophizing experiences (from...
Poster for the Event "Is the Supreme Court Legitimate"
September 19, 2019
James Madison Program Constitution Day Event
Michael S. GreveProfessor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
During recent months, there have been sharp public attacks on the Supreme Court. Especially in the wake of Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment, critics loudly question the Court’s legitimacy, and they...
Cosponsor: The Program in American Studies
Const day poster
September 17, 2019
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
George F. Will *68, Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post Respondent: Christopher L. Eisgruber '83, President, Princeton University
George F. Will’s newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in more than 440 newspapers. In 1976 he became a regular contributing editor of...
Cosponsors: Program in American Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions