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Debate: Why Does Racial Inequality Persist?

Thursday, 1 October 2020

7:30 PM | Webinar

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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Adaner Usmani (Harvard University)

Glenn Loury is Professor of Economics and Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a contributing editor at The Boston Review, and was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He has given the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Stanford, the James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics at Princeton, and the DuBois Lectures in African American Studies at Harvard.

 

Adaner Usmani is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University. He earned his BA in social studies from Harvard University before earning his PhD in sociology from New York University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He has written about collective action, democracy and the origins and consequences of American mass incarceration. His scholarly work has appeared in the American Journal of SociologySocial Forces and Socius, and he has also written for Jacobin and sits on the editorial board of Catalyst.

 

This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation. This event is a virtual webinar for which one can register here.

Reimagining Capitalism in a World On Fire

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

7:30 PM | Webinar

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Rebecca M. Henderson (Harvard Business School)

Rebecca M. Henderson is John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard Business School. Before coming to Harvard in 2009, she taught for two decades at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated from MIT with a BA in mechanical engineering before earning a PhD in business economics from Harvard. She is one of 25 University Professors at Harvard, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an expert on innovation and organizational change and sits on the boards of Idexx Laboratories and of CERES. Her most recent book is Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (2020). This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

TBA

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

7:30 PM | Webinar

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Adrian Vermeule (Harvard Law School)

Adrian Vermeule is the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School. Before coming to Harvard, he was the Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. from Harvard. His research focuses on administrative law, the administrative state, the design of institutions, and constitutional theory. He is the author or co-author of nine books, most recently Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State (2016), The Constitution of Risk (2014) and The System of the Constitution (2012). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. His most recent book, co-authored with Cass Sunstein, is Law and Leviathan: Redeeming the Administrative State (2020). This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

China and the World since 1949

February 2021 (TBA)

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Frank Dikötter (University of Hong Kong)

Frank Dikötter has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. Before coming to Hong Kong he was Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He graduated with his PhD in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Geneva. He has published a dozen books, including the People’s Trilogy about modern China. Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Britain’s most prestigious book award for non-fiction. The second instalment, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976 concludes the trilogy and was short-listed for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017.

Liberal Democracy and the Age of Revolution

19–20 February 2021

8:30 AM-5:30 PM | Baker Center, Multicultural Center Conference Room

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Plenary speakers: David Bell (Princeton), Patrick Griffin (Notre Dame), Janet Polasky (New Hampshire) and Helena Rosenblatt (CUNY-Graduate Center)

Benjamin Constant famously argued that the great achievement of what we now call the Age of Revolution was “representative government” and that “this form of government, the only one in the shelter of which we could find some freedom and peace today, was totally unknown to the free nations of antiquity.” It has been commonplace ever since to claim that many of the fundamental ideas and institutions that we associate with modern representative democracy emerged from the revolutionary upheavals of the later eighteenth century.

 

This conference and its subsequent volume aim to look afresh at the story of liberal democracy’s origins in the Age of Revolution spanning from the Seven Years’ War to the fall of Napoleon (c. 1760–1815). Did the ideas and institutions of liberal democracy actually emerge during the Age of Revolution? If so, how and why? Were they the product of long-term developments that came to fruition during the revolutionary era? Or were they generated by and amid the conflicts, debates, and upheavals of the period itself? Given that most of the era’s revolutions and uprisings were ultimately either contained or defeated, is it justified to contend that the Age of Revolution witnessed the birth of liberal-democratic ideas and institutions? If not, then what connection is there between the revolutionary turmoil of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the eventual development of liberal democracy in the West and beyond over the next two centuries?

 

David Bell (Princeton), Patrick Griffin (Notre Dame), Janet Polasky (New Hampshire), and Helena Rosenblatt (CUNY-Graduate Center) will deliver plenary lectures.

America’s Two Constitutions: Race, Sex, War and the 1960s (Constitution Day Lecture)

Thursday, 10 September 2020

7:30 PM | Webinar

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Christopher Caldwell

Christopher Caldwell is a contributing editor at the Claremont Review of Books and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He was previously a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for the Financial Times. He is the author of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties (2020) and Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West (2009). This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center.

Toward a More Humane Economy

Thursday, 20 February 2020

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Mary Hirschfeld (Villanova University)

Mary Hirschfeld is Associate Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University, where she has taught since 2011. She earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1989 and taught economics at Occidental College for fifteen years. In 2003, she quit her tenured position to pursue a second PhD in moral theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her scholarly work considers the boundaries between economics and theology, and her latest book is Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy (2018). This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

America in the Asian Pacific

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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Michael J. Green (Georgetown University)

Michael J. Green is Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He graduated from Kenyon College with highest honors in history in 1983 and received his M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advance and International Studies (SAIS) in 1987 and his PhD in 1994. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 to 2005. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a senior fellow of East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations; director of the Edward O. Reischauer Center and Foreign Policy Institute and assistant professor at SAIS at Johns Hopkins University; research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses; and senior advisor on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His most recent book is By More than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783 (2017). This event is co-sponsored by the George Washington Forum and the Contemporary History Institute. This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

Brexit in Historical Perspective

Monday, 4 November 2019

6:00 PM | Baker Center Theater

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Jeremy Black (University of Exeter)

Jeremy Black MBE is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He studied at Cambridge and Oxford before joining Durham Univesity as a lecturer in 1980. He joined Exeter University as Established Chair in History in 1996. A prolific lecturer and author, he has published more than 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth-century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history, but he has also published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history. His most recent book is English Nationalism: A Short History (2018). This event is co-sponsored with the Contemporary History Institute and receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

 

Can Speech Be Compelled? The First Amendment and Speech Rights (Constitution Day Lecture)

Monday, 16 September 2019

7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel (College Green)

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William Messenger (National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation)

William Messenger is a staff attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. He graduated with a B.B.A. from OHIO in 1997 before earning his J.D. from George Washington University in 2001. He has litigated nearly 100 cases, including over a dozen at the Appellate-level, on behalf of NRWLD Foundation-aided employees and other individuals. His cases defend workers’ freedom from compulsory unionism and focus on the First Amendment and other constitutional rights. He has argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2014, he successfully argued Harris v. Quinn, securing a ruling that requiring homecare providers to pay union fees violated the First Amendment. Four years later, he also briefed and successfully argued Janus v. AFSCME, in which the Supreme Court ruled that non-union government workers cannot be required to pay union fees as a condition of employment. This event receives support from the Jack Miller Center through a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.