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Political Theory Institute

Political Theory Institute
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Political Theory Colloquium Lecture Series

Spring 2017 Lectures

Tuesday, February 21

Hughes Formal Lounge, 5:30-7:00 PM
Peter C. Myers, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty: Martin Luther King's 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail'"

Thursday, March 9

Mary Graydon Center, Room 245, 5:30-7:00 PM
Michael James, Bucknell University, "Democratic Legitimacy and Border Enforcement"

Wednesday, March 22

Mary Graydon Center, Room 247, 5:30-7:00 PM
Michael Weinman, Bard College Berlin, "Arendt and the Legitimate Expectation for Hospitality Today"

Tuesday, April 4

Hughes Formal Lounge, 5:30-7:00 PM
William Galston, Brookings Institution, "Class Politics and Status Politics: Where do the Democrats go from here?"

Monday, April 24

Letts Formal Lounge, 5:30-7:00 PM
Jacob T. Levy, McGill University, "Of Sanctuaries and Safe Spaces: Universities as Associations"

Fall 2016 Lectures

Tuesday, September 27th

Mary Graydon Center, Room 2, 5:30-7:00 PM
Robert Goldberg, "On the Opposition of Law and Liberal Education in Plato's Laws"

Robert Goldberg is a tutor at St. John's College, Annapolis. Goldberg earned his bachelor's from St. John's and his doctorate from Harvard University. He taught at the University of Toronto and Kenyon College before joining the faculty at St. John's College in 1995.

Tuesday, October 4th

Mary Graydon Center, Room 200, 5:30 PM
Jan Blits, University of Delaware, "Deadly Virtue: Shakespeare's MacBeth"

Thursday, October 27th

Palmer-Kettler Lounge, 5:30 PM
Robert Gannett, Jr., Chicago community organizer and noted political theorist, "Participation Outside the Voting Booth: Saul Alinsky, Tocqueville, and Why Community Organizing is Important"

Tuesday, November 1st

McDowell Formal Lounge, 5:30 PM
Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, "The Fractured Republic"

Thursday, December 1st

MGC 200, 5:30 PM
Leslie Rubin, "Aristotle and the 2016 Election: What Virtues Does the Political Life Require?"

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, 5:30-7:00 PM
Daniel Doneson, Benjamin Franklin Project, MIT, "Aristotle's Regime and the Problem of Justice"

Daniel Doneson is a Faculty Member in the MIT Benjamin Franklin Project for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences. He has held fellowships and taught at Centre Raymond Aron of the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Rosenzweig Center of Hebrew University, and the Program in Constitutionalism and Democracy in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.

March 3, 2016

Mary Graydon Center, Room 247, 5:30-7:00 PM
Leslie Paul Thiele, Professor of Political Science and Director of Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida, "The Future of Human Nature: Rights and (Wrongs) in the Anthropocene?"

March 17, 2016

Butler Boardroom, 5:30-7:00 PM
Colleen Sheehan, Villanova University, "The Mind of James Madison"

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).

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Speakers 2011 and Prior

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