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.
AUTUMN 2013 EVENTS
September 27, 2013: Morris Fiorina, on the present political situation in the U.S. Mo Fiorina is the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, at Stanford, where he teaches the introductory course on American Politics. He has written on the major issues of American politics today so authoritatively that everyone, prudent or imprudent, wants to know his opinion. Some of his books are: Divided Government (1992), Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (2005), Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics (2009).
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. Jonathan Last is a writer for The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and other conservative publications, on politics and popular culture.
October 25, 2013: Christopher DeMuth, “The Bucks Start Here,” on the growth of executive government as connected to the growth of national debt. Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, formerly President of the American Enterprise Institute. He is a graduate of Harvard (1968) and of the University of Chicago Law School (1973). He worked for Richard Nixon and Daniel P. Moynihan, taught at the Harvard Kennedy School (1977-81) and then returned to Washington to the Reagan Administration, after which he was elected President of AEI. He writes and lectures on law, economics, and regulatory issues.
November 1, 2013: Jean Yarbrough, on her new book Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. Jean Yarbrough is the Pendy Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College, where she teaches political philosophy and American political thought. She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People, and her new book on Roosevelt has won the APSA Neustadt award for the best book on the presidency in 2013.
November 15, 2013: Wilfred McClay, on “The Strange Persistence of Guilt in a Post-Religious Age.” Wilfred McClay holds the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He was educated at St. John’s College and has a PhD in History from Johns Hopkins University. He has written The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (1994), A Student’s Guide to U. S. History (2000), Religion Returns to the Public Square (2002), Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (2007).
AUTUMN 2012 EVENTS