Past Events

September 13, 2017
Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture
Carolyn RouseProfessor of Anthropology, Princeton University
Sponsored and organized by the Program in American Studies, Princeton University
Supported by the Office of the Provost Free and Open to the Public For more information, please visit...
Cosponsors: James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Program in Law and Public Affiairs, Department of Anthropology
Reunions panel poster
June 1, 2017
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
A Panel Discussion with John "Jay" Ellison, Dean of Students in The College, University of Chicago; John W. Etchemendy, Provost, Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University; Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, Stern School of Business, New York University; Jacqueline Rivers, Hutchins Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University; Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University  
John “Jay” Ellison is the Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago, a position he’s held since 2014. As Dean of Students, he oversees a large staff of...
May conference poster
May 22, 2017 to May 23, 2017
The Annual Robert J. Giuffra '82 Conference
Keynote Address by Leon R. Kass, M.D., Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College, University of Chicago; Madden-Jewett Chair, American Enterprise Institute
The free society is a great blessing, but it is not itself the sum of all blessings. We cherish our freedom, but we sense that it is a limited good, that it is to be used in the pursuit of other...
Cosponsor: The Association for the Study of Free Institutions at Texas Tech University
Smith event poster
May 9, 2017 to May 11, 2017
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Standard depictions of the Culture Wars as a conflict between “secular” and “religious”  constituencies resonate with an entrenched historical paradigm, interpreting Western history as having...
Felzenberg poster
May 2, 2017
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Alvin S. Felzenberg *75, *78Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania; Author of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. (Yale University Press, 2017); and Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Alvin S. Felzenberg *75, *78 is Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Director of Communications for the Joint Economic...
Country Bluegrass event poster
May 1, 2017
Robert P. GeorgeMcCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University (Banjo, Guitar)
Robin Ringgold Cockey (Fiddle)
Doug Greason (Bass)
Charles McGovern (Mandolin, Guitar)
Daniel Miner (Guitar) 
Glenn Rosen (Washboard, Spoons, Piano)
and Dave Scheiber (Pedal Steel Guitar)
Arthur Brooks event poster
April 20, 2017
Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
Entrepreneurship has always played a central role in American society. Ambitious individuals using their talents to create new ventures are a central piece of our national story. But at its root, to...
Cosponsor: The American Enterprise Institute
Goldsmith poster
April 17, 2017
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
Jack GoldsmithHenry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard University
This lecture will be about the extent to which the President of the United States has come to dominate the making and interpretation of international law—including treaties, customary international...
Harold James poster
April 11, 2017
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Harold JamesClaude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, Professor of History and International Affairs, and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Princeton University
Now that the UK has invoked article 50 of the European Union Treaty and triggered Brexit, the position of both the UK and the European Union is precarious and fraught.  Which side is most vulnerable...
Faulkner event poster
April 6, 2017
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Robert K. Faulkner, Research Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Make America great again?  But what is America’s greatness?  The famous Alexis De Tocqueville explored the tensions among this dynamic country’s expanding ambitions and complicated creed of equal...
Cosponsor: The Witherspoon Institute