Past Events

Poster for the Event "Is the Supreme Court Legitimate"
September 19, 2019
The Antonin Scalia Constitution Day Lecture
Michael S. GreveProfessor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
During recent months, there have been sharp public attacks on the Supreme Court. Especially in the wake of Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment, critics loudly question the Court’s legitimacy, and they...
Cosponsor: The Program in American Studies
Const day poster
September 17, 2019
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
George F. Will *68, Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post Respondent: Christopher L. Eisgruber '83, President, Princeton University
George F. Will’s newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in more than 440 newspapers. In 1976 he became a regular contributing editor of...
Cosponsors: Program in American Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Reunions 2019 JMP
May 31, 2019
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Harvey S. RosenJohn L. Weinberg Professor of Economics and Business Policy; 22nd Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors  Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs; Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department Bradley A. Smith, 2018-­19 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow; Professor of Law, Capital University; Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission   Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, James Madison Program; Former Chairman, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Presidential Appointee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Former Member, President’s Council on Bioethics  
In Memory of Alan B. Krueger, James Madison Professor of Political Economy; 27th Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors
Cosponsor: Department of Economics
2019 ASFI Conference Poster
May 14, 2019 to May 15, 2019
The Annual Robert J. Giuffra '82 Conference
Keynote address: David Novak, J. Richard & Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Toronto
How are we to understand the relationship between religion and the free society?  On the one hand, it might seem that religion was necessary to the rise of freedom in the modern world.  Free...
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions, Texas Tech University
After the Backlash
May 9, 2019 to May 11, 2019
Thursday Keynote: Joseph Carens, Profesor of Political Science, University of Toronto, and Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study 
Keynote Presentations
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Cosponsors: The University Center for Human Values, The Program in Law and Public Affairs, The Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on Migration in the Program in International and Regional Studies , James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Necessary to Form a Lawyer Poster
May 9, 2019 to May 10, 2019
Keynoted by David T. Konig, Professor of History and Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, and Michael Zuckert, Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame 
Thursday, May 9 McCormick 101 4:30–6:00pm: Keynote Address             Introduction: Stanley N. Katz, Princeton             Address: David Konig and...
Cosponsors: Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University Press, Center for Collaborative History, Program in Law and Public Affairs, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Program in American Studies
Vermeule lecture poster
May 8, 2019
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
Adrian Vermeule, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School 
Liberal rulers undermine their own rule. They are compelled, by the peculiarly dynamic character of their faith and its accompanying sacramental liturgy, to violate a central precept of Ragion di...
April 30, 2019
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Diana SchaubProfessor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland
Lecture 1: Abraham Lincoln and the Daughters of Dred Scott The definitive refutation of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision was delivered by Abraham Lincoln in an 1857...
Piereson event poster
April 17, 2019
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
James Piereson, President, William E. Simon Foundation and Senior Fellow, the Manhattan Institute
Among the causes of the current polarization and dysfunction in national politics are the ongoing effects of two post-war upheavals -- the cultural and political revolution of the 1960s and the...
Wilken Lecture poster
April 10, 2019
The Annual William E. and Carol G. Simon Lecture on Religion in American Public Life
Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, University of Virginia
Much writing on religious freedom focuses on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and on the Enlightenment. But the developments of those centuries are only intelligible when seen in a longer...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute