Spring Events at Harvard University

Spring 2017 Lunch Speaker Series

The Program on Constitutional Government has five events remaining in the Friday Lunch Series listed below, plus a lecture in the Government Department Political Theory Colloquium by Russ Muirhead.

Each lunchtime seminar runs from 12 to 2 pm. It begins with a lunch, from 12 to 12:30, before the speaker begins. The lunchtime events are scheduled for Room 354 in the CGIS Knafel Building, located at 1737 Cambridge Street in Cambridge.


March 10, 2017: Allen Guelzo, on “The Lovely, Fair, Judicious and Democratic Meaning of the Electoral College.” Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2005, and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America, which won the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for 2008. His most recent works on Lincoln are Abraham Lincoln As A Man of Ideas and Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (both 2009). Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013) was a best-seller. He has also served on the National Council on the Humanities.

March 24, 2017: Ruth Wisse, on “Anti-Semitism and Why It Matters.” Ruth Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor Emeritus of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Among her books are If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (1992); The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Language and Culture (2000); Jews and Power (2008), and No Joke: Making Jewish Humor (2013). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Jewish Review of Books and a frequent contributor to Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

March 31, 2017: Irwin Stelzer, on “The New Domestic and World Orders: The Meaning of ‘America First.’” Irwin Stelzer is an American economist who is the U.S. economic and business columnist for The Sunday Times and The Courier-Mail in Australia. He has been a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard and writes for numerous other publications. He has been at the American Enterprise Institute and senior director and fellow at the Hudson Institute. Stelzer is a consultant on market strategy, pricing and antitrust issues, and regulatory matters for U.S. and United Kingdom industries. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University and has held teaching appointments at various universities. His published papers are on taxes, energy, and antitrust.

April 7, 2017: Barton Swaim, on “Donald Trump and the War on Expertise.” Barton Swaim is a writer. He attended the University of South Carolina and the University of Edinburgh. From 2007 to 2010 he worked for Mark Sanford, South Carolina’s governor, as a communications officer and speechwriter. He writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement and The Washington Post. The Speechwriter (2015) on his experience with Governor Sanford is his highly acclaimed first book.

April 14, 2017: Russ Muirhead, on “Democracy and Demagoguery.”James Russell Muirhead ’88, a former Rhodes Scholar, got his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and his PhD in Government at Harvard. He is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Professor of Government at Dartmouth. He is currently teaching Government 1080 on American Political Thought as a Visiting Professor in the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard. He has written numerous articles. His books are Just Work (2004) and The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age (2014).

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In addition to his lunchtime seminar, Russ Muirhead will lecture in the Government Department’s Political Theory Colloquium, 4 pm, Knafel 450, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, on “The Epistemic Basis of Political Opposition.”