Past Events

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
Speak Freely poster
April 9, 2018
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University;  Respondent: Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School
Universities have a distinctive and important mission in American society. They assemble and nurture an open and diverse community of scholars, teachers and students dedicated to the production and...
Brooks lecture poster
March 27, 2018
Arthur C. BrooksPresident, American Enterprise Institute
How does human happiness change over a lifetime? More importantly, how can you build a life that results in deep and lasting happiness? Behavioral economist and American Enterprise Institute...
Cosponsors: The G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lectures , The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Andrew Lewis lecture poster
February 27, 2018
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Andrew R. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati
Thirty years ago, conservative Christianity’s political message was to reclaim “Christian America” via the "Moral Majority." Many conservative Christians saw themselves as the last vestige of the...
Hamilton Roundtable poster
February 26, 2018
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Carson Holloway, Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska; co-editor, Political Writings of Alexander Hamilton; Stephen F. Knott, Professor of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College; Andrew R. Porwancher, Spring 2018 Garwood Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program, Princeton UniversityDarren Staloff, Professor of History, City College of New York; Richard E. Sylla, Professor Emeritus of Economics, New York University; Moderated by Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University; co-editor, Political Writings of Alexander Hamilton
A Broadway musical has spurred a burst of interest in the life and achievements of Alexander Hamilton, whose meteoric rise to the heights of American military, political, and professional distinction...
January 17, 2018
Donna Auston, Doctoral Candidate in Anthroplogy, Rutgers University; Dalia Fahmy, Associate Professor of Political Science, Long Island University; Sadaf Jaffer, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University; Wasim Shiliwala, Doctoral Candidate in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life. 
Cosponsor: The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions