The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University
Video recordings of the fall 2016 events hosted by the JMC partner program at Harvard are are now available on its YouTube channel (PCGatHarvard).
Fall 2016 Schedule of Events
September 30, 2016: Jeb Bush on “Conservative Policy Solutions for 21st Century Challenges.”
Jeb Bush was a Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential race. He was the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. In 2011 he received a Bradley Prize for his leadership in educational policy.
October 7, 2016: John Judis on “The Populist Explosion. How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics.”
John B. Judis is a journalist and author. He received his M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, is a former senior editor at The New Republic and currently a senior writer at The National Journal and editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo. He co-authored The Emerging Democratic Majority, named one of onomist, and wrote Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origin of the Arab/Israeli Conflict (2014). He will speak about his forthcoming book The Populist Explosion.
October 14, 2016: Jonathan Haidt on “Two Incompatible Values at American Universities.”
Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his BA in philosophy from Yale and his PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Haidt is the author of two books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012). Together with Greg Lukianoff he published the much-discussed article “The Coddling of the American Mind” in the September 2015 issue of The Atlantic.
November 4, 2016: David Azerrad on “How Equal Should Opportunities Be?”
David Azerrad is the director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation and the AWC Family Foundation Fellow. He received his PhD from the University of Dallas with a dissertation on the foundations of John Locke’s political thought. He writes for a variety of publications and currently teaches a class on conservative political thought at the American University in D.C.
November 10, 2016: Biennial Post-Election Analysis with William Galston and Bill Kristol.
The two will be meeting for the twelfth time in their much-anticipated biennial debate, offering the perspectives of two reflective political participants and shrewd observers, both of them experts gifted with what might be called partisan objectivity. This event will take place with presentations from 4 pm to 6:15, followed by a light supper, and resuming with discussion for an hour or more at 7:15. It will take place in the Tsai Auditorium at S010, 1730 Cambridge Street.
November 18, 2016: Christopher Caldwell on “The Election: What Just Happened?” Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, as well as a regular contributor to the Financial Times and Slate. He writes for, among others, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West (2009). He received his BA in English literature from Harvard.
December 1, 2016: Mark Blitz on “Natural Limits and The Origin of Political Concepts.”
Mark Blitz is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and director of the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World at Claremont McKenna College. He received his BA and PhD from Harvard. He is the author of Plato’s Political Philosophy; Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life, and Heidegger’s Being and Time and the Possibility of Political Philosophy.
December 2, 2016: Dennis Hale on “Debating the American Jury.”
Dennis Hale has taught in the Political Science Department at Boston College since 1978. He has published essays on local government, American political thought, public administration, and the modern experience of citizenship. With Marc Landy, he has edited two volumes of essays by the French political scientist Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Nature of Politics, and Economics and the Good Life: Essays on Political Economy. He is the author, most recently, of The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline (University Press of Kansas, 2016).