September 26, 2013, 4-6 pm, K354: Jesse Norman, Member of Parliament, on his new, responsibly acclaimed book Edmund Burke: The First Conservative. Jesse Norman is a Conservative M. P. for Hereford and South Herefordshire. He was educated at Eton and Oxford, and is the author of Compassionate Conservatism (2006) and The Big Society (2010); he writes frequently in the press as a prominent theorist of conservatism.
November 7, 2013, 4-6 pm, K401: Maurizio Viroli, on his new book, Redeeming The Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece. Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Government at the University of Texas, formerly at Princeton. He is the author of several important books on Machiavelli: Machiavelli (1997); Niccolò’s Smile (2002); The Meaning of Machiavelli (2009); Machiavelli’s God (2010), as well as For Love of Country (1998).
Devin Stauffer is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the author of Plato’s Introduction to the Question of Justice (2001), and The Unity of Plato’s Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life (2006). He has received teaching awards at Kenyon College and at Texas. His talk will be held 4 to 6 pm, at a place TBA.
To be held at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Forum, 6 pm. Peter Thiel is a business magnate and venture capitalist, co-founder of PayPal, an investor in Facebook (featured in the film The Social Network), and author of articles such as “The End of the Future” (National Review, October 3, 2011). Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard. He is the author of The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild (1998), Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (2004), the The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008), and other publications. His most recent books are High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg (2010) and Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011).
4:15 pm, at the Center for European Studies. Christopher Caldwell is a writer for the Financial Times and The Weekly Standard, and author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West (2009).
To be held in the Government Department’s Political Theory Colloquium, Thursday, 4-6 pm, room TBA. Robert Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. Among other books, he is the author of The Idea of Enlightenment (2001), translator and commentator of The Protagoras and Meno (2004), Xenophon’s Shorter Socratic Writings(1996), and, with Susan Collins, of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (2011).