Conferences and Events


November 6, 2014:  William Galston and William Kristol ’73 on the 2014 Election. 
William Galston, a former Marine, holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and is College Park Professor at the University of Maryland.  He served in the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale and Al Gore, and as Deputy Assistant for Public Policy to President Clinton in 1993-95. He is the author of eight books, the first one being Kant and the Problem of History (1975) and is a leading thinker of contemporary liberalism, as in The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (2005).  He also writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal.  He graduated from Cornell and has a PhD from the University of Chicago (1973). 

William Kristol is the founder and editor of The Weekly Standard.  For a decade he was a panelist on Fox News Sunday, and he now appears regularly on ABC’s This Week as well as on other leading political commentary shows.  A graduate of Harvard College, he received a PhD in Government also from Harvard, and taught political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and then at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  In 1985 he left Cambridge for Washington, D.C., serving as chief of staff to Secretary of Education William Bennett in the Reagan administration and then to Vice President Dan Quayle in the first Bush administration.

November 20, 2014:  Christopher McClure, on The Amazing Rhetoric of Thomas Hobbes.  Christopher McClure is a post-doctoral fellow in the Program on Constitutional Government.  He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Toronto (2003) and his PhD in Government from Georgetown University (2011).



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.  



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



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.



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.  



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.