The Washington, D.C., Political Theory Colloquium, founded by Alan Levine in 1995, brings noted speakers to campus each semester. Its central purpose is to provide a focal point for the community and provide a real sense of intellectual excitement. We hope to engage the community and classrooms in a common conversation.
Spring 2016 Lectures
January 14, 2016
McDowell Formal Lounge, 5:30-7:00 PM Scott Yenor, Boise State University, "Marriage: A Contract or a Community?"
Scott Yenor is Professor of Political Science at Boise State University and Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought in the Simon Center for Principles and Politics at the Heritage Foundation. He is the author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (Baylor, 2011) and David Hume's Humanity: The Philosophy of Common Life and Its Limits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
February 25, 2016
MGC 245, 5:30-7:30 PM
Daniel Doneson, Benjamin Franklin Project, MIT
March 17, 2016
Butler Boardroom, 5:30-7:00 PM
Colleen Sheehan, Villanova University, "James Madison and Republican Government"
Fall 2015 Lectures
September 18, 2015
Ward Circle Building, 5:30-7:00PM
Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin College, "Teddy Roosevelt and the Founders' Constitution"
Jean Yarbrough is Professor of Government and Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College. She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People (Kansas, 1998) , has edited The Essential Jefferson (Hackett, 2006) and, her most recent book, Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition (University Press of Kansas, 2012), won the Richard E. Neustadt Award for 2013 (awarded annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on the Presidency).
September 24, 2015
Ward Circle Building 6, 5:30-7:00PM
Paul Carrese, US Air Force Academy, "Tocqueville's Philosophy of Moderation"
Paul Carrese is professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and holds a doctorate from Boston College in political science, and Master's degrees from Oxford University in theology and in philosophy & politics. He has been a Rhodes Scholar, a research fellow at Harvard, a Fulbright Scholar at University of Delhi, and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program, Politics Department, Princeton University. His forthcoming book is Democracy in Moderation: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Sustainable Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
October 23, 2015
Mary Graydon Center 2-3, 5:30-7:00PM
Harvey Flaumenhaft, St. John's College, Annapolis, "Reluctance, Risk, and Reputation: George Washington Decides to Preside"
Harvey Flaumenhaft is a tutor and former dean of St. John’s College, Annapolis. He is the author of The Effective Republic: Administration & Constitution in the Thought of Alexander Hamilton (Duke, 1992) and of Insights and Manipulations, a forthcoming study of foundational texts in ancient and modern geometry.
November 20, 2015
Susan Collins, Notre Dame, "Sparta and the Problem of War in Ancient Political Philosophy"
Susan Collins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Notre Dame. She is the author of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship (Cambridge, 2006) and translated Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics with Robert Barlett (University of Chicago, 2011).
Speakers for Spring 2015
See the list of speakers from the Spring 2015 academic semester