Past Events

Religious Freedom event poster
March 30, 2016
The Right Honourable Baroness Nicholson of WinterbourneUK Parliament, House of Lords; Katrina Lantos SwettLantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice; United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Moderated by Daniel I. Mark ’03 *13US Commission on International Religious Freedom; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Villanova University; 2015-16 Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program, Princeton University.
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Peer of the Realm, with a lifetime seat in the House of Lords, the Upper Chamber of the UK Parliament, appointed by Her Majesty The Queen in...
Bradley lecture poster
March 3, 2016
The Annual William E. and Carol G. Simon Lecture on Religion in American Public Life
Gerard V. BradleyProfessor of Law, University of Notre Dame
Gerard V. Bradley is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he has taught since 1992. He is the author or editor of many books, including ISI Books’ A...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute
Holloway Lecture Poster
February 24, 2016
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Carson Holloway, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha
This lecture examines the differences that emerged between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as they advised President George Washington on the crisis caused by the war in Europe arising from...
Scalia Roundtable poster
February 21, 2016
Matthew J. Franck, Director, William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution, The Witherspoon Institute; Stanley Katz, Lecturer with rank of Professor in Public and International Affairs and Director, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies; Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ.  He is Professor...
Cosponsor: Bouton Law Lecture Fund
Mead poster
December 14, 2015
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Walter Russell MeadJames Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College; Editor-at-Large, The American Interest
As 2015 draws to a close, ISIS has tightened its grip, Russia has boots on the ground in both Ukraine and Syria, Iran has "advisors" in four countries in the Middle East, Europe reels from economic,...
Justice Brennan event poster
December 4, 2015
Alan R. GibsonProfessor of Political Science, California State University-Chico; Carson L. Holloway, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bradley C. S. WatsonPhilip M. McKenna Chair, Department of Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought, Saint Vincent College
Alan Gibson is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Chico. His research interests are focused in American political thought, especially the political...
Event poster - Why We Need the Humanities
November 18, 2015
An Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Donald L. Drakeman *88Distinguished Research Professor, Program in Constitutional Studies, University of Notre Dame; Fellow in Health Management, University of Cambridge; Venture Partner, Advent Venture Partners
Author of Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law and the Common Good (Palgrave, 2015)
Respondents: Bruce Cole, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Alan Charles Kors ’64Henry Charles Lea Professor of European History, University of Pennsylvania
In Dr. Drakeman's words, Why We Need the Humanities is an argument for the central importance of the humanities in our economic and political lives. Calls to deemphasize the humanities in...
Soloveichik poster
November 11, 2015
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Meir Soloveichik *10Rabbi; Director, Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University
Rabbi Soloveichik’s lecture focuses on the incredible story of one of America's earliest Jews, and the link between Judaism and the American idea. Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik *10 ...
Cosponsor: The Center for Jewish Life
Rabbi Sacks poster
November 9, 2015
Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksEmeritus Chief Rabbi, United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Life An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was recently named...
Cosponsors: The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, The Department of Religion, The Center for Human Values, The Episcopal Church at Princeton, Princeton Presbyterians, The Hindu Life Program, Chabad on Campus, The Muslim Life Program, The Office of Religious Life, The Aquinas Institute, The Religious Life Council
Moynihan conference poster
October 30, 2015
The Moynihan Report at 50 is a robust dialogue among scholars across disciplines and political perspectives as they reflect on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report on the state of the African-American family in the United States. A scholar of both policy and social science, the New York senator explored the structural and cultural pathologies that haunted African American families, and in so doing drew the ire of critics. His report and its frank assessments remain controversial 50 years later. Was Moynihan prescient? Are the challenges facing the African- American family and, more generally, the American family, more or less grave today than they were in 1965? Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is pleased to host leading scholars of race, poverty, inequality, criminal justice, religion, marriage, and family for a searching look at the report and its conclusions in light of 50 additional years of social and political observations. The conference features a keynote address by Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, as well as interdisciplinary panel discussions of scholars and policy experts.
Keynote Address: The Multi-Racial Impact: Youth and Families Fifty Years After Moynihan
Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard...
Cosponsor: The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture