SUNY-Geneseo: Freedom of Speech and Its Skeptics

On February 10, 2022, the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo held a virtual discussion with faculty partner Lorraine Pangle on freedom of speech: This lecture surveys both the case for free speech, grounded in the classical liberal principles that guided the founding of the United States and its universities, and the strongest contemporary […]

Jacksonville State University: Lucy Williams on “Civil Rights Exceptionalism”

The Tocqueville Lecture Series at Jacksonville State University, a JMC partner program, held a virtual presentation and Q&A with Lucy Williams: The Tocqueville Lecture Series is excited to host Dr. Lucy Williams (BYU). Her presentation, “Civil Rights Exceptionalism” examines how the Supreme Court engages and uses the rhetoric of American exceptionalism in its civil rights […]

Princeton: Our Dear-Bought Liberty

On February 17, 2022, the James Madison Program at Princeton University hosted JMC fellow Michael Breidenbach for a discussion of his recent book, Our Dear-Bought Liberty, which examines the history of how early American Catholics justified secularism and overcame suspicions of disloyalty, transforming ideas of religious liberty in the process. In colonial America, Catholics were […]

UC-Berkeley: Getting Right with the Original 14th Amendment

On February 22, 2022, the Public Law and Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley hosted Randy E. Barnett and Linda Lee Denno for a hybrid in-person/virtual discussion of the Fourteenth Amendment. Tuesday, February 22, 2022 • 12:50 PM PST Berkeley Law, Room 105 • University of California-Berkeley A hybrid in-person/virtual event free and […]

University of Nevada-Las Vegas: Frederick Douglass, the Making of an American

On February 23, 2022, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas's Great Works Academic Certificate Program hosted JMC faculty partner Lucas Morel for an in-person/virtual lecture on Frederick Douglass's life and character: Professor Morel will explore how a man who had every reason to hate America became one of the nation’s strongest defenders. Born into slavery, Douglass […]

American University: The Crush of Democracy – Tocqueville and the Egalitarian Mind

On February 24, 2022, the Political Theory Institute at American University hosted JMC fellow Richard Avramenko for a discussion of Tocqueville and equality: Today one hears only about increasing inequality, and it is true in terms of income distribution, but Alexis de Tocqueville argues that equality itself is the source of many of the problems […]

Arizona State University: Racism, Race and the Dignity of our Individuality

On February 25, 2022, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, a JMC partner program, hosted Kmele Foster and Karen Attiah for the third and final discussion in its series, "Can We Talk Honestly About Race?": In the third and final event in the series, co-founder and executive producer […]

UC-Berkeley: Applying the Law of War to 21st Century Warfare

On March 1, 2022, the Public Law and Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley hosted Col. Winston Williams for a discussion of the law and warfare in the 21st century. Tuesday, March 1, 2022 • 12:50 PM PST LAW Room 105 • University of California-Berkeley Click here to view on Youtube>> Col. Winston […]

Notre Dame: How to Protect Free Speech from Big Tech

On March 24, 2022, the Constitutional Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame hosted Philip Hamburger for a hybrid in-person/virtual discussion of free speech in the age of big tech: One of the preeminent scholars writing today on constitutional law and its history, Philip Hamburger teaches and writes on wide-ranging topics, including religious liberty, […]

American University: Catching Up with Ralph Ellison – The Blackness of Blackness

On March 24, 2022, the Political Theory Institute at American University hosted JMC faculty partner Lucas Morel for a discussion of Ralph Ellison. Thursday, March 24, 2022 • 5:30 PM EDT A virtual event • American University Click here to learn more and register >> Click here to watch on Youtube>>   Lucas Morel is […]

Arizona State University: Lessons Learned and Tough Choices in Public Leadership

On March 29, 2022, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, a JMC partner program, hosted Heather Wilson, the president of University of Texas at El Paso, former secretary of the U.S. Air Force and former New Mexico’s representative in Congress, to share some of the tough lessons she […]

City College of New York: From Theory to Practice – Discussing Danielle Allen’s Run for Governor of Massachusetts

The Colin Powell School at the City College of New York held a virtual discussion with Ryan Balot, Susan McWilliams Barndt (JMC faculty partner), Jamelle Bouie, Simone Chambers, Roosevelt Montás (JMC faculty partner), and Deva Woodly on Professor Danielle Allen's run for governor of Massachusetts: How can Danielle Allen’s scholarship and ongoing political campaign shape […]

SUNY-Geneseo: Against Sophisticated Cynicism – Socrates’ Philosophic Defense of Morality

On March 31, 2022, the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo held  a virtual discussion with fellow Gregory McBrayer on modern day morality and what Plato can teach us about solving our own moral and political questions: How can a society revive justice when its moral foundations have been shaken by cynicism, sophistry, and […]

Jacksonville State University: Joseph Knippenberg on “Forgetting or Denying ‘The Good, the True, and the Beautiful'”

The Tocqueville Lecture Series at Jacksonville State University, a JMC partner program, held a virtual presentation and Q&A with faculty partner Joseph Knippenberg: In this lecture, Dr. Knippenberg will discuss the two most prominent contemporary challenges to the liberal education that should be at the core of everyone’s experience of higher education. Both challenges are […]