Conferences and Events

FALL 2016 EVENTS

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.

December 1, 2016: Mark Blitz on TBA. 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. The lecture will take place at 4pm, Knafel 450, 1737 Cambridge Street

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SPRING 2016 EVENTS

March 24, 2016. Hugh Liebert ’01, on “An Introduction to the Political Philosophy of Plutarch.”

April 21, 2016. Alberto Ghibellini, on “Leo Strauss and the Politicization of Philosophy.”

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FALL 2015 EVENTS

September 22, 2015: Charles Murray, on his new book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. 

October 29, 2015: Diana Schaub, on “Montesquieu’s Legislator: Putting Order in the Laws.” 

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SPRING 2015 EVENTS

February 12, 2015.  Alison McQueen, on “Thomas Hobbes:  At the Edge of Promises and Prophecies.” 

April 2, 2015.  Robert Goldberg '81, on “Liberal Education and Plato’s Laws.” 

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AUTUMN 2014 EVENTS

November 6, 2014:  William Galston and William Kristol ’73, on the 2014 Election. 

November 20, 2014:  Christopher McClure, on "The Amazing Rhetoric of Thomas Hobbes."

 

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SPRING 2014 EVENTS
 
March 13, 2014:  Charles Murray interviewed by William Kristol on his recent book, Coming Apart. 6 pm at the Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, JFK Street.

 

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AUTUMN 2013 EVENTS
 

September 19-20, 2013:  A conference on the 500th anniversary of the writing of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. See full program here.

September 26, 2013, 4-6 pm, K354:  Jesse Norman, Member of Parliament, on his new, responsibly acclaimed book Edmund Burke: The First Conservative.  

November 7, 2013, 4-6 pm, K401:  Maurizio Viroli, on his new book, Redeeming The Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece

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SPRING 2013 EVENTS

April 4-5 2013: "Thinking About Politics": A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson. See full program here.

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AUTUMN 2012 EVENTS

September 20-21, 2012:  A conference on the 25th anniversary of Allan Bloom’s bestseller The Closing of the American Mind.  

November 8, 2012:  William Kristol, William Galston and Michael W. McConnell, with an analysis of the November 6 election.  

November 29, 2012:  Devin Stauffer, on Leo Strauss’s book on Socrates and Aristophanes.  

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SPRING 2012 EVENTS

February 6, 2012:  A conversation with Peter Thiel and Niall Ferguson.  

February 21, 2012:  Christopher Caldwell, on the doubtful survival of Europe. 

March 30, 2012:  Harvey Mansfield’s students and friends, to celebrate his 80th birthday discussing a selection of his writings. Conference schedule and readings.

April 19, 2012: Robert Bartlett, on “Sophistry: How to Make It Work for You.”  

 

Note: Videos of past events are available on YouTube.