Past Events

Poster for Adam J. White Event
February 27, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Adam J. White, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
In The Federalist's famous description of constitutional checks and balances, Publius emphasized that "[t]he interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place...
Cosponsor: The American Enterprise Institute
Poster for Thompson lecture on America's Revolutionary Mind - text on background of flag and Declaration of Independence
February 20, 2020
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
C. Bradley Thompson, BB&T Research Professor of Political Science, Clemson University
John Adams once wrote that the true American Revolution was in the “minds of the American people,” and Thomas Jefferson once described the Declaration of Independence as an “expression of the...
Land of Hope event poster
February 12, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Wilfred M. McClayG.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma; 2019-2020 Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University; Commentators: Darren StaloffProfessor of History, City College of New York; Sean WilentzGeorge Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University; Moderator: Allen C. GuelzoSenior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, Princeton University
Those who approach the study of American history deserve an introduction that sweeps across politics, social life, and culture, without demanding the reader’s assent to an ideological agenda. They...
Bibas Event Poster - The Crisis of Democracy in Criminal Justice
February 10, 2020
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
The Honorable Stephanos Bibas, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Today, criminal justice reformers are divided between those who favor insulated professional expertise and those who advocate more popular self-government. American criminal justice has become too...
Picture of Thomas Philippon and the Great Reversal Cover
February 6, 2020
Thomas Philippon, Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, New York University
REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE: In his new book, economist Thomas Philippon...
James Patterson Lecture File
February 5, 2020
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
James M. PattersonAssociate Professor of Politics, Ave Maria University
Catholics, Protestants, and Jews are not well known for getting along; throughout the twentieth century, however, Americans of all three faiths formed a religious consensus that rested on a shared...
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...