Lunch Speakers Series

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.


February 20, 2015:  Adam J. White, on “Here The People Rule?  The Supreme Court in American Law and Politics.”  Adam White calls himself “a lawyer and occasional writer.”  He is with Boyden Grey & Associates in Washington, D. C. and he writes for The Weekly StandardThe Wall Street JournalCity Journal, and other conservative publications.  He has a B. A. from the University of Iowa and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2004.

March 6, 2015:  Paul A. Cantor ’66, on “The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture.” 
Paul Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia.  He has written extensively on Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s RomeHamlet, etc.), on romanticism (Creature and Creator), the media (Gilligan Unbound), and Austrian Economics (Literature and the Economics of Liberty).  He has a Harvard B. A. and Ph. D. (1971), and is presently teaching Government 1087, “Shakespeare and Politics.”

March 27, 2015: David Bromwich, on “The Consistency of Edmund Burke; Are There Burkean Principles?”
 David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale.  He has written books on William Hazlitt, Wordsworth, and on universities (Politics by Other Means).  Having just published vol. 1 of The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke, he is now working on vol. 2.  He has a B. A. (1973) and Ph. D. (1977) from Yale, and has written for The New RepublicTLS, and The New York Review of Books.

April 10, 2015:  R. Shep Melnick ’73, on “Regulation of Campus Sexual Misconduct by the Office of Civil Rights.”  
He is the Tip O’Neill Professor of American Politics at Boston College and co-chair of the Program on Constitutional Government.  Before moving to Boston College he taught at Harvard and Brandeis.  He is the author of Regulation and the Courts: The Case of the Clean Air Act (1983) and Between the Lines: Interpreting Welfare Rights (1994).  He graduated from Harvard and has a PhD in Government from Harvard (1980).

April 17, 2015:  Elliott Abrams ’69, on “The Middle East Today.”  
Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations.  He teaches U. S. Foreign Policy at Georgetown University, and his latest book is Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2013).  He served as special assistant to the president in several posts from 2001 to 2009 in the Bush Administration.  He also served in the Reagan and in the first Bush administrations.  He holds a B. A. from Harvard and a J. D. from the Harvard Law School (1973).



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.  



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.”  



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.”  



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.  



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.