Past Events

Speak Freely event poster
September 14, 2018
Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College; Heather E. Heying, Professor in Exile, formerly of Evergreen State College; Allison Stanger, Russell J. Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College;  Bret Weinstein, Professor in Exile, formerly of Evergreen State College; moderated by Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University, Author of the 2018 Princeton Pre-Read, Speak Freely. 
Keegan Callanan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, where he has teaching responsibilities in the history of political philosophy and contemporary...
September 12, 2018
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
Desmond Jagmohan, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Respondent: Hendrik A. Hartog, Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty; Professor of History, Princeton University 
Desmond Jagmohan is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He researches and teaches history of political theory, and he works primarily at the...
Cosponsors: James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, The Program in Law and Public Affairs
Con Interp Poster
June 1, 2018
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University  
How did the framers of the Constitution seek to prevent tyranny and protect liberty? How should we adjudicate among competing approaches to their handiwork? Generations of Princeton students have...
May 28, 2018 to June 1, 2018
Organized by Maurizio Viroli, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Princeton University, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Professore di Comunicazione Politica, Universita della Svizzera Italiana
Cosponsor: James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
2018 Conference Poster
May 18, 2018 to May 19, 2018
The Annual Robert J. Giuffra '82 Conference
Keynote Address: Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University, in conversation with Meir Y. Soloveichik, Rabbi, Congregation Shearith Israel; Director, Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University
When asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had proposed for America, Benjamin Franklin is said to have replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”  Franklin’s remark reminds us...
Leslie Rubin Book Event Poster
May 17, 2018
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Reflections on Leslie G. Rubin's America, Aristotle, and the Politics of a Middle Class (Baylor University Press, 2018) Robert K. Faulkner, Research Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Matthew J. Franck, Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution, Witherspoon Institute; Carson Holloway, Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Visiting Scholar, Heritage Foundation​; Mary Nichols, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Baylor University; Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
The founders of the American regime prided themselves on having a “new science of politics” that would make republicanism a successful form of government for the first time in history.  In a...
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...