Each of the lunchtime seminars runs from 12 to 2 pm. They begin with a lunch, from 12 to 12:30, before the speaker delivers his summary wisdom. We leave plenty of time for questions and disputes. The lunchtime events are scheduled for Knafel 354, located at 1737 Cambridge Street (CGIS North), unless otherwise noted. We will send Evites for each lunch seminar about two weeks in advance. Please RSVP to Andy Zwick (Executive Director) so that we know how much to order for lunch.
Videos of past seminars are available on YouTube.
FALL 2016 EVENTS
September 30, 2016: Jeb Bush on TBA. 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 2002’s best books by The Economist, 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 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 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).
SPRING 2016 EVENTS
February 5, 2016: Robert Putnam, on “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.”
February 26, 2016: Jason L. Riley, on “The Liberal State Against Blacks.”
March 4, 2016: Tod Lindberg, on “The Politics of Heroism.”
April 1, 2016: Randall Kennedy, on “What Racial Order Should We Be Attempting to Achieve in the United States of America?”
April 8, 2016: Leon R. Kass, on “The Ten Commandments.”
April 15, 2016: Bruce Cole, on “A Monumental Mess on the Mall: The Eisenhower Memorial.”
FALL 2015 EVENTS
September 11, 2015: Roderick MacFarquhar, on The Rise of Xi Jinping.
October 16, 2015: Jeffrey Tulis, on The Anti-Federal Appropriation.
October 23, 2015: Edward Rothstein, on TBA.
October 30, 2015: Colin Dueck, on his new book The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today.
November 13, 2015: Peter Wood, on The Idea of Sustainability.
SPRING 2015 EVENTS
February 20, 2015: Adam J. White, on "The Supreme Court in American Law and Politics.”
March 6, 2015: Paul A. Cantor ’66, on “The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture.”
March 27, 2015: David Bromwich, on “The Consistency of Edmund Burke; Are There Burkean Principles?”
April 10, 2015: R. Shep Melnick ’73, on “Regulation of Campus Sexual Misconduct by the Office of Civil Rights.”
April 17, 2015: Elliott Abrams ’69, on “The Middle East Today.”
FALL 2014 EVENTS
September 12, 2014: Jed Rubenfeld, on the problem of sexual consent.
September 19, 2014: Russ Muirhead ’88, on "The Constitution and Political Parties. "
September 26, 2014: Rebecca Goldstein, on her book, Plato at the Googleplex.
October 17, 2014: Charles Lane ’83, TBA.
October 24 2014: Christopher Caldwell ’83, on "The Endless 1960’s: The Roots of Today’s Unrest."
October 31, 2014: Francis Fukuyama, on his new book, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.
November 14, 2014: R. Shep Melnick ’73, RESCHEDULED.
December 5, 2014: Peter Schuck, on his new book, Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better.
SPRING 2014 EVENTS
March 7, 2014: John P. Walters, on “Addiction and American Democracy.”
March 14, 2014: Charles Murray, on “The Bell Curve Revisited.”
March 28, 2014: Colleen Sheehan, on “The Education of Jane Austen’s Emma.”
April 25, 2014: Morton Keller, on “The Rise and Stall of the Modern American State.”
May 9, 2014: Ramesh Ponnuru, on “The Future of the Republican Party.”
FALL 2013 EVENTS
September 27, 2013: Morris Fiorina, on the present political situation in the U.S.
October 18, 2013: Jonathan Last, on his new book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, the demographic problem faced by liberal democracy in the West.
October 25, 2013: Christopher DeMuth, “The Bucks Start Here,” on the growth of executive government as connected to the growth of national debt.
November 1, 2013: Jean Yarbrough, on her new book Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition.
November 15, 2013: Wilfred McClay, on “The Strange Persistence of Guilt in a Post-Religious Age.”
FALL 2012 EVENTS
October 12, 2012: Sohrab Ahmari, on the situation in Iran.
October 19, 2012: Lorraine Clark, on the Jane Austen novel Mansfield Park.
October 26, 2012: Irwin Stelzer, on the American economy and the election.
November 2, 2012: Paul A. Cantor, on Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra.
November 9, 2012: Michael W. McConnell, on current events at the Supreme Court.
November 16, 2012: James Piereson, on his forthcoming study of John Maynard Keynes.
November 30, 2012: Jim Manzi, on the use and abuse of social science.
SPRING 2012 EVENTS
February 3, 2012: Steven Pinker, on his new book concerning violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined(2011).
March 2, 2012: Jay Cost, on the presidential campaign this year.
March 23, 2012: Adam Schulman, on “The Discovery of Entropy” and its implications for our understanding and the relationship between philosophy and science.
April 13, 2012: Heather Mac Donald, on criticisms of American universities.