Past Events

January 7, 2020
Joel Finkelstein *182019-20 Visiting Research Scholar, James Madison Program, and Director of the Network Contagion Research Institute
Cosponsors: Hosted by the Center for Jewish Life, Cosponsored by the James Madison Program
Viroli lecture poster on Prophecy and Political Emancipation
December 9, 2019
Maurizio Viroli, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University; Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Political Communication, University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano)
At the beginning of the Risorgimento, the Italian Unification, new prophetic voices urged Italians to emancipate themselves from their servile mentality and fight to attain national...
Cosponsor: the Program in Italian Studies
Truth-seeking exhibit poster
December 7, 2019 to December 14, 2019
The James Madison Program and the Arts Council of Princeton welcome all to an exhibit of pieces commissioned from the October 11th Spirit of Truth-Seeking Event of the Being Human Festival, which featured Princeton University Professor Robert George, Harvard University Professor Cornel West *80, and Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83.
Inspired by the dialogue, the works delve into the truth-seeking mission of colleges and universities. Each creation considers the virtues needed if frontiers of knowledge are to be pushed back,...
Cosponsor: The Princeton University Humanities Council
Poster for Stephen Fried lecture on Benjamin Rush
November 21, 2019
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Stephen FriedJournalist; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
By the time he was thirty, Dr. Benjamin Rush had signed the Declaration of Independence, edited Common Sense, toured Europe as Benjamin Franklin’s protégé, and become John Adams’s confidant...
poster for 11/13/19 panel on Uyghur internment
November 20, 2019
Rushan AbbasFounder and Director, Campaign for UyghursAaron L. FriedbergProfessor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton UniversityAdrian ZenzSenior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Moderated by F. Flagg TaylorAssociate Professor of Political Science, Skidmore College
The Chinese Communist Party has reportedly detained between one and three million Uyghurs in Xinjiang in what the Party calls "Vocational Skills Education Training Centers" to "fight against...
Cosponsor: The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
poster for event on Keith Whittington's new book on Regugnant Laws
November 14, 2019
Keith E. WhittingtonWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Marc O. DeGirolami, Cary Fields Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Religion, St. John’s University School of LawRobert F. Nagel, Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Chair Emeritus in Constitutional Law, University of Colorado Moderated by Matthew J. FranckAssociate Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and Lecturer in Politics, Princeton University
When the Supreme Court strikes down favored legislation, politicians cry judicial activism. When the law is one politicians oppose, the court is heroically righting a wrong. In our polarized moment...
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
James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship
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
James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship
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