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Allen C. Guelzo Writes Letter to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Oct. 14, 2020

On October 13th, 2020, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) requested—and received—unanimous consent that a letter from Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, be entered into the Senate record. Dr. Guelzo's letter was written in response to Senator Kamala Harris' (D-CA) claim that President…

Robert P. George and Cornel West: A Plea for Honesty and Courage
July 15, 2020

Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program at Princeton University, and Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, have an article published in The Boston Globe calling for increased honesty and courage from all Americans.

"Honesty and courage alone," they write, "can save…

2019-20 Undergraduate Fellows Honors and Awards
June 5, 2020

Congratulations to our Undergraduate Fellows of all classes who’ve been awarded general and departmental prizes this year, to those who’ve completed a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and to those in receipt of additional honors and fellowships. We are so proud of you!

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Statement from Robert P. George
June 2, 2020

Faculty, students, and staff associated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton represent a spectrum of beliefs and viewpoints. We strive to live by our motto “think deeply, think critically, think for yourself.” So we honor freedom of thought and discussion and other values that are critical to…

Recipients announced for the 2020 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought
June 1, 2020

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought. The winners are: Thomas Koenig, Politics '20, for his thesis, “Forming a More Perfect Union: Past Successes, Present Failures, and Future Opportunities,”…

The James Madison Program Announces 2020-21 Fellows
April 13, 2020

Each year the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions hosts scholars with established records as well as scholars who have recently received their doctorates as Visiting Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Associates. Scholars in the James Madison Program pursue their own research and writing, participate in courses, seminars…

COVID-19 UPDATES
March 13, 2020

Latest Update: We are closely monitoring Princeton University’s guidance and policies related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in constant communication with University leadership. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to POSTPONE all public events scheduled for the remainder of the Spring Term. We are in the process of rescheduling…

Undergraduate Fellow Ben Press is Awarded Prestigious Pyne Prize
Feb. 14, 2020

We at the James Madison Program are thrilled to announce that Ben Press, one of our many wonderful Undergraduate Fellows, has been awarded Princeton University's 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize. Established in 1921, the Pyne Prize is awarded to the senior "who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and…

Robert P. George's Course on "Constitutional Interpretation" Named One of the "Best Online Courses" of 2019
Jan. 29, 2020

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce that Professor Robert P. George's EdX course on "Constitutional Interpretation" has been recognized as one of Class Central's "Best Online Courses" of 2019. Professor George's course was one of the 30 highest-rated courses out of more than 2,400. The course content for "Constitutional…

Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020)
Jan. 12, 2020

The death of Sir Roger Scruton (1944–2020) is a matter of great sadness to the James Madison Program.  A staunch friend of the Program and a longtime member of the James Madison Society, Sir Roger was a towering figure in modern philosophy with a global reputation.  He was the author of dozens of works ranging across political philosophy, the…

Finalists Announced: The Spirit of Truth-Seeking Exhibit
Dec. 4, 2019

Colleges and universities, especially those devoted to liberal arts education, are fundamentally concerned with the pursuit, transmission, and preservation of knowledge. They are, according to Professors George and West, “truth-seeking institutions.” In their October 11th conversation—part of the 

Robert P. George receives Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree from Oxford University
Nov. 21, 2019

Oxford University has bestowed upon the James Madison Program’s founder and director Robert P. George one of its highest honors: the degree of Doctor of Letters. The degree, known as the D.Litt., was conferred on November 9, 2019 at a formal ceremony in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.

The D.Litt. is one of Oxford’s five “higher…

Three Undergraduate Fellows Commissioned as U.S. Army and Navy Officers
June 12, 2019

Three Undergraduate Fellows of the James Madison Program were commissioned as officers through Princeton's ROTC program in a ceremony led by President Christopher Eisgruber. Ian Kim '19 and Paul Spiegl '19 were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army; John "Jack" Whelan '19 was…

Recipients announced for the 2019 Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought
June 12, 2019

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce the winners of the Stephen Whelan '68 Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought. This year there are two winners: Drew Brazer, Politics '19 for his thesis, “The Antifederalist Irony: How the Bill of Rights Opened the Door to the…

Allen C. Guelzo Joins Princeton University
May 1, 2019

The James Madison Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, currently Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, has accepted an appointment at Princeton University, where he will be a Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and Director of the…