Past Events

Masterpiece Cakeshop lecture poster
May 9, 2018
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Ryan T. Anderson ‘04, William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles & Public Policy, Heritage Foundation; John Corvino, Professor of Philosophy, Wayne State University; Sherif Girgis ’08, Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy, Princeton University; J.D., Yale Law School, responses from Christopher Tollefsen, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Kevin Vallier, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University; Moderated by Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University
Virtually everyone supports religious liberty and opposes discrimination. But how do we handle the hard questions that arise when exercises of religious liberty seem to discriminate unjustly? How do...
Pope Francis event poster
May 8, 2018
Robert Whaples, Research Fellow, Independent Institute; Co-Editor, The Independent Review; editor of the book, Pope Francis and the Caring Society; Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University; Respondent: Samuel GreggDirector of Research, Acton Institute. 
This talk will consider whether capitalism works well and whether it can be a caring society. It will begin with an overview of what economists see as the strengths of capitalism, then detail what...
Cosponsor: The Aquinas Institute
Heather Gerken lecture - poster image
May 2, 2018
The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism
Heather Gerken '91Dean; Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School 
Sanctuary cities.  Marijuana legalization.  Environmental reform.  Federalism has long been the darling of conservatives, but progressives are increasingly turning to state and local power in the age...
Cosponsor: Program in Law and Public Affairs
Yuval Levin lectures - poster image
April 30, 2018
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Yuval LevinEditor, National Affairs; Hertog Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Lecture 1: A Crisis of Confidence
Everybody says Americans are “losing faith” in our society’s institutions, but we rarely stop to consider what this means. What is an...
Folk music poster
April 28, 2018
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University, and friends
Free and open to the public.  Robby George hails from West Virginia, where little boys are issued 5-string banjos at birth. Like all banjo players who were trained in the tradition...
Ponnuru lecture poster
April 25, 2018
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Ramesh Ponnuru '95, Senior Editor, National Review
An America's Founding and Future Lecture This presidency has renewed the perennial debate over the importance of public officials' character. Can a distinction be made between public and...
Ober lecture poster
April 20, 2018
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Josiah OberMitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University
What did democracy mean before liberalism?  And what are the consequences for our lives today?  Combining history with political theory, this lecture restores the core meaning of democracy as...
April 20, 2018
Frank CannonPresident, American Principles Project; Marjorie DannenfelserPresident, Susan B. Anthony List; Dawn HawkinsVice President & Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation; and Karin Agness LipsPresident, Network of Enlightened Women. 
The James Madison Program Praxis Labs are an ongoing series of meetings and panel discussions that are intended to help students learn to build and lead organizations that can make a real difference...
Moore lecture poster
April 17, 2018
The Annual William E. and Carol G. Simon Lecture on Religion in American Public Life
Russell D. Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
Since our nation’s founding, conservative Protestantism has been a critical force shaping American culture. Today the evangelical movement is clearly ascendant even as its health and integrity are...
Cosponsors: The Witherspoon Institute, The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Augustine conference poster
April 16, 2018
Toni Alimi, Graduate Student, Department of Religion, Princeton University; Peter Busch, Lawrence C. Gallen Fellow in the Humanities, Villanova University; Kody Cooper, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Service, University of TennesseeEric GregoryProfessor of Religion, Princeton University; Boleslaw Z. Kabala, 2017-18 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Associate, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Mary M. Keys, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre DameMichael LambUniversity Scholar in Residence, Wake Forest University; Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas State University; Nathan Pinkoski, 2017-18 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Associate, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Veronica Roberts, Assistant Professor of PhilosophyAssumption CollegeDaniel Strand, Postdoctoral Associate, Center for... Read more
How does Augustine shape our understanding of political theory? Does he contribute, as Hannah Arendt believes, to a loss of authentic politics, or can he actually help us recover a genuine politics...
Cosponsor: University Center for Human Values