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Princeton: Foundational Political Concepts in American History

March 15, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - March 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Founding fathers

On March 15-17, 2022, the James Madison Program at Princeton University hosted JMC board member James Ceaser for three-day lecture series on America’s founding principles:

First Lecture, March 15: The Categories and Sources of Foundational Concepts

Second Lecture, March 16: Nature, History, and Providence in Pivotal Moments

Third Lecture, March 17: Do We Still Have a Foundational Concept? Do We Need One? 

Thursday, March 15, 2022 • 4:30 PM EST
138 Lewis Library • Princeton University

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Free and open to the public, registration required.


James Ceaser headshotJames Ceaser is the Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. In addition, he is the Director for Constitutionalism and Democracy and was a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection (Princeton University PRess, 1979), Liberal Democracy and Political Science (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), and Reconstructing America (Yale University Press, 2000). Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes. He is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American Politics for the Voice of America.

Professor Ceaser is a JMC board member and faculty partner.

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The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought. The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems.

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March 15, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
March 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
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