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Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Thomas C. Leonard (Princeton)

Thomas C. Leonard is Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University and Lecturer in the Department of Economics, which has twice awarded him the Richard D. Quandt Prize for outstanding teaching. His book, Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era (2016), won the 2017 Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize from the History of Economics Society. This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

What Was Political Economy?

Thursday, 6 February 2019

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Jason Peacey (University College, London)

Jason Peacey is Professor of Early Modern British History at University College, London. He received his PhD from Cambridge University and before coming to UCL, he was a research fellow at the History of Parliament Trust. His publications include Politicians and Pamphleteers: Propaganda during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum (2004) and Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution (2013), in addition to three edited books and dozens of articles and book chapters. He is currently working on print culture in seventeenth-century Europe. This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

Popular Sovereignty and Populism

15-16 March 2019

8:30 AM–5:30 PM | Baker University Center 240/242

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Keith Baker (Stanford), Mark Blitz (Claremont McKenna), Michael Braddick (Sheffield), and Catherine Zuckert (Notre Dame) will deliver plenary lectures

In his Considerations on Representative Government, political theorist John Stuart Mill argues that “the ideally best form of government is that in which the sovereignty, or supreme controlling power in the last resort, is vested in the entire aggregate of the community.” Currently, we live in a moment where some exercises of the people’s power result in what is often called democratic illiberalism. This conference and volume intend to illuminate the concept of popular sovereignty and its related expression, populism. We are especially interested in the crucial continuities and discontinuities in popular sovereignty that emerge when we study critical moments in political history. These include (but are not limited to) the theory and practice of popular sovereignty in the Italian Renaissance; seventeenth-century England; revolutionary and federal America; and revolutionary France.

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Human Capital, Inequality and Economic Growth

Thursday, 18 April 2019

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Kevin M. Murphy (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

Kevin M. Murphy is the George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago after graduating from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in economics. He is is the first professor at a business school to be chosen as a MacArthur Fellow and he was the 1997 John Bates Clark Medalist, a prize awarded “that American under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

A Worker’s Party or a White Party?: Conservative Populism Under and After Trump

Thursday, 6 December 2018

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Ross Douthat (The New York Times)

Ross Douthat has written a twice-weekly opinion column for The New York Times since 2009. Before joining the Times, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic. A graduate of Harvard, he is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012); Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005); and, with Reihan Salam, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008). His latest book is To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (2018). This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

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What is College For?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

7:30 PM | Schoonover Center Auditorium (Room 145)

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Kevin D. Williamson (National Review)

Kevin D. Williamson is National Review’s roving correspondent and director of the William F. Buckley Jr Fellowship Program in Political Journalism. He is also the theater critic at The New Criterion. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group and spent fifteen years in the newspaper business in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. He served as editor-in-chief of three newspapers; was the editor of Philadelphia’s The Bulletin; and worked briefly for The Atlantic. He is a regular commentator on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR.

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North Korea: A Defector’s Perspective

Monday, 22 October 2018

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Jinhye Jo (NKinUSA)

Jinhye Jo is a North Korean refugee who founded NKinUSA, an organization which tries to rescue other North Korean refugees from China and Southeast Asia. NKinUSA offers extensive resettlement support for those refugees who make it to the United States. It also raises awareness of North Korea’s human rights record. Jo will speak about her own family’s experiences and flight from North Korea as well as her efforts to help other North Korean refugees.

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God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America

Thursday, 19 April 2018

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Samuel Goldman (George Washington University)

Samuel Goldman is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Loeb Institute for Religion Freedom at George Washington University. He received his PhD from Harvard University after completing his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. Before coming to GWU in 2013, he was the Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Ethics and Politics at Princeton University. He is also the literary editor of Modern Age and his latest book is God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America (Penn, 2018).

Conference: Voting: A History

13–14 April 2018

9:00 AM–5:15 PM | Faculty Commons, Alden Library (3rd floor) & Baker Center 240

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James Ceaser (Virginia), Hedwig Richter (Hamburg) & Yascha Mounk (Harvard)

This interdisciplinary conference will consider the theory and practice of voting. James Ceaser (Virginia), Hedwig Richter (Hamburg) and Yascha Mounk (Harvard) and will deliver plenary lectures.

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