James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions Princeton University's official program in American political thought and institutions Founded in the summer of 2000, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought.
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The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems. To realize its mission, the James Madison Program implements a number of initiatives. The Program awards visiting fellowships and postdoctoral appointments each year to support scholars conducting research in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. The Program supports the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars, and promotes civic education by its sponsorship of conferences, lectures, seminars, and colloquia. The Program's Undergraduate Fellows Forum provides opportunities for Princeton undergraduates to interact with Madison Program Fellows and speakers. The Madison Program also awards a Senior Thesis Prize for excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought each year. The success of the James Madison Program depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of American ideals and institutions. We are deeply grateful to all who stand with us.

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"[T]he old friends beckon from their shelves, and like our best human friends, promise that if we greet them when we are...
10/24/2020
Isolation Bookshelf: The Pleasures of Rereading

"[T]he old friends beckon from their shelves, and like our best human friends, promise that if we greet them when we are not very presentable, or thoughtful, or even terribly attentive, it will be quite all right. And as we settle into our familiar slouch with them, they promise, again like our human friends, to reveal more of themselves on a further acquaintance, to teach us more about the humanity of which they are a representative sample, and to deepen our affection for them."

Madison Program Associate Director Matthew J. Franck's latest for Public Discourse.
https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/10/72366/

I have called books and authors “friends,” and that they are. Aristotle tells us the highest form of friendship is that which aims at another’s good as though it were one’s own, for in truth it is indistinguishable from one’s own. We reread our favorite books in gratitude, not only for the...

10/23/2020

Registration is now available for "Election 2020: Is the Constitution Up to the Task?" Join us for this important and timely virtual event on Thursday, October 29th, at 4:30 PM ET. Registration is free, required, and available here: https://rb.gy/dhawtb

Allen C. Guelzo, Director of our Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, has the details:

10/20/2020
Giving Flesh to Democratic Abstractions - Law & Liberty

"As Trevor Shelley points out in his lucid and welcome book, 'Globalization and Liberalism,' modern political thought as a whole has difficulty articulating, or even acknowledging, the 'we' that falls somewhere between the individual and the state."

Daniel J. Mahoney, 2020-21 Garwood Visiting Fellow, reviews "Globalization and Liberalism" by Trevor Shelley. Up now Law & Liberty.
https://lawliberty.org/book-review/giving-flesh-to-democratic-abstractions/

Trevor Shelley succeeds in recovering a noble and humane political perspective within the horizons of modern liberty and modern politics.

“[T]he new totalitarians offer resentment, grievance, hate, and the demonization of anyone who might have something to t...
10/17/2020
Liberal Totalitarianism on Campus | RealClearPolitics

“[T]he new totalitarians offer resentment, grievance, hate, and the demonization of anyone who might have something to teach them.”

Read the latest from Dan Mahoney, 2020-21 Garwood Visiting Fellow in the Madison Program.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/10/16/liberal_totalitarianism_on_campus_144472.amp.html

American liberals once prided themselves on their fidelity to the First Amendment. Indeed, they had an expansive understanding of it. They defended unpopular speech and even the most provocative...

Read Allen C. Guelzo's letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee rebutting Senator Kamala Harris' claim that Abraham...
10/14/2020
Allen C. Guelzo Writes Letter to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary | James Madison Program

Read Allen C. Guelzo's letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee rebutting Senator Kamala Harris' claim that Abraham Lincoln withheld a Supreme Court nomination in 1864 in deference to the upcoming election. Senator Ben Sasse requested—and received—unanimous consent that the letter be entered into the Senate record.
https://jmp.princeton.edu/announcements/allen-c-guelzo-writes-letter-united-states-senate-committee-judiciary

On October 13th, 2020, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) requested—and received—unanimous consent that a letter from Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, be entered into the Senate record. Dr. Guelzo's letter was written in response to Sen...

10/13/2020

"I do believe we have a responsibility as historians, both to those who cannot speak from the past and to those whom we teach, a responsibility not to wallow in guilt or drag others into the wallow, and it does not seem to me at all unreasonable to ask what souls we are forming as we teach."

Read the latest from Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of our Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship.
https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/177724

#MadisonsNotes Ep. 12 is now available! Ilya Shapiro of The Cato Institute joins the show to discuss the history and fut...
10/12/2020
‎Madison's Notes: Supreme Disorder: A Conversation with Ilya Shapiro '99 on Apple Podcasts

#MadisonsNotes Ep. 12 is now available! Ilya Shapiro of The Cato Institute joins the show to discuss the history and future of judicial nominations, the "brilliance" of Amy Coney Barrett, and his new book, "Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court." Listen now:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/supreme-disorder-a-conversation-with-ilya-shapiro-99/id1515595812?i=1000494451955

‎Show Madison's Notes, Ep Supreme Disorder: A Conversation with Ilya Shapiro '99 - Oct 11, 2020

“The will­ing­ness of some De­moc­rats to­day to play on anti-Catholic tropes about ‘dogma’...is purely a sign of their ...
10/09/2020
Is the Supreme Court Too Catholic?

“The will­ing­ness of some De­moc­rats to­day to play on anti-Catholic tropes about ‘dogma’...is purely a sign of their po­lit­i­cal anx­i­ety, not of con­cerns about ‘papist’ judges.”

Read Madison Program Associate Director Matthew J. Franck’s latest in The Wall Street Journal.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-the-supreme-court-too-catholic-11602167306?st=nxcwo7ppf2teu1s&reflink=article_copyURL_share

From Antonin Scalia to Amy Coney Barrett, opposition to Catholic nominees has been mainly about the politics of abortion, not their religious faith.

A recording of our recent virtual event, “Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution,” is n...
10/08/2020
Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution | James Madison Program

A recording of our recent virtual event, “Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution,” is now available!

Hear from Saikrishna Prakash, Keith Whittington, and Matthew J. Franck:
https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/living-or-imperial-mutating-presidency-under-living-constitution#video

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

"No work of American sculpture in the nineteenth century, in fact, was more the product of collective African-American a...
10/07/2020
Of, by & for the freedmen by Allen C. Guelzo and James Hankins

"No work of American sculpture in the nineteenth century, in fact, was more the product of collective African-American agency than the Freedman’s Memorial."

Allen C. Guelzo (Director of the Madison's Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship) and James Hankins for The New Criterion.
https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/10/of-by-for-the-freedmen

Allen C. Guelzo and James Hankins on the aesthetics and history of the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

We're just hours away from another great virtual event: "Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Cons...
10/06/2020
Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution | James Madison Program

We're just hours away from another great virtual event: "Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution."

Saikrishna Prakash, Keith E. Whittington, and Matthew J. Franck will be live on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET TODAY, October 6th, to discuss Prakash's new book, "The Living Presidency: An Originalist Argument against Its Ever-Expanding Powers."

Registration is still free, still required, and still available here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/living-or-imperial-mutating-presidency-under-living-constitution

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

10/02/2020

"In a world of empires and monarchs and serfs, where men were born as an atom of dust and women as a straw in the wind, the American republic would bid the atom of dust become a man, the straw in the wind a woman, and both were set free to make of themselves whatever they wished or dreamed or struggled to be."

Allen C. Guelzo, Director of our Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, for the American Mind.
https://americanmind.org/features/reclaiming-american-history/comments-on-the-state-of-american-history/

"Not only Christians, but all 'dissidents' and men and women of good will need to give serious thought to the ways they ...
10/01/2020
Affirming Reality by Rejecting the Lie

"Not only Christians, but all 'dissidents' and men and women of good will need to give serious thought to the ways they might resist the regnant ideological lies all around us. In this task, Rod Dreher’s 'manual' will remain indispensable for what might be a long time to come."

Daniel J. Mahoney, 2020-21 Garwood Visiting Fellow, reviews Rod Dreher's new book, "Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents."
https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/09/71162/

All “dissidents” and men of good will need to give serious thought to the ways they might resist the regnant ideological lies all around us. In this task, Rod Dreher’s Live Not By Lies will remain indispensable for what might be a long time to come.

Be sure to watch "Right Makes Might," the new documentary on the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. The show is narrated by A...
09/30/2020
'Right Makes Might' Explores Pivotal Lincoln-Douglas Debates | RealClearPolitics

Be sure to watch "Right Makes Might," the new documentary on the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. The show is narrated by Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, and features commentary from James Madison Society Members Lucas Morel and Charles Kesler. Now streaming from Fox Nation! #TheGreatDebatesof1858

RealClearPolitics has additional information and a link to watch:
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/09/26/right_makes_might_explores_pivotal_lincoln-douglas_debates_144290.html

“Right Makes Might: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates” is a timely documentary now streaming at Fox Nation that all Americans should watch. Narrated by Lincoln historian Allen Guelzo, it features noted...

We're just one week away from "Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution," a discussion be...
09/29/2020
Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution | James Madison Program

We're just one week away from "Living or Imperial? The Mutating Presidency Under a Living Constitution," a discussion between Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, Keith E. Whittington, and Matthew J. Franck on Prakash's new book, "The Living Presidency: An Originalist Argument against Its Ever-Expanding Powers."

The event will be LIVE on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET on October 6th.

You can find additional information and a link to register here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/living-or-imperial-mutating-presidency-under-living-constitution

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University

What is at stake in the 2020 presidential election? Is America at "the point of no return"? Michael Anton, Lecturer at H...
09/28/2020
‎Madison's Notes: America at the Point of No Return? A Conversation with Michael Anton on Apple Podcasts

What is at stake in the 2020 presidential election? Is America at "the point of no return"? Michael Anton, Lecturer at Hillsdale College and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins #MadisonsNotes to answer these questions and discuss his new book, "The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return."

Available wherever you get your podcasts, including here:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/america-at-point-no-return-conversation-michael-anton/id1515595812?i=1000492814798

‎Show Madison's Notes, Ep America at the Point of No Return? A Conversation with Michael Anton - Sep 27, 2020

"The familiar and widely accepted criteria for evaluating nominees are character, temperament, intellect, experience and...
09/25/2020
The case for Amy Coney Barrett | Opinion

"The familiar and widely accepted criteria for evaluating nominees are character, temperament, intellect, experience and judicial philosophy. By those criteria, one of the possible nominees currently under consideration, U.S. Court of Appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett, looks unassailable—probably unbeatable."

Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, makes the case for Amy Coney Barrett.
https://www.newsweek.com/case-amy-coney-barrett-opinion-1534064

It's obvious that Judge Barrett needs no special preferences. On character, temperament and intellect she is the top of the top—of any group.

We are NOW ACCEPTING applications for our 2021-2022 Visiting and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Each year the James Madison P...
09/24/2020
James Madison Program Fellowships | James Madison Program

We are NOW ACCEPTING applications for our 2021-2022 Visiting and Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Each year the James Madison Program invites scholars to apply for appointments as Visiting Fellows, Associate Research Scholars, and Postdoctoral Research Associates. These scholars pursue their own research and writing, participate in courses, seminars and colloquia, and contribute to the intellectual life of Princeton University.
Learn more and apply here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/fellowships

Visiting and Postdoctoral Fellowships Each year the Program invites scholars with established records as well as scholars who have recently received their doctorates to apply for appointments as Visiting Fellows, Associate Research Scholars, and Postdoctoral Research Associates. Scholars in the Jame...

We may be the Madison Program, but we have a soft spot for that Hamilton fellow. Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director ...
09/22/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Hamilton: Beyond the Musical. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

We may be the Madison Program, but we have a soft spot for that Hamilton fellow. Bradford P. Wilson, Executive Director of the Madison Program, is co-editor of the two-volume edition of "The Political Writings of Alexander Hamilton" from Cambridge University Press. Dr. Wilson delivered Belmont Abbey College's #ConstitutionDay lecture, entitled "Hamilton: Beyond the Musical." The lecture is now available on video! Watch now:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KUIr0od8RhOve8MNJpkR2w

In this webinar, Dr. Bradford Wilson, Executive Director at the James Madison Program at Princeton University will be giving a Constitution Day lecture and Q&A on Alexander Hamilton. Presented by the Honors College at Belmont Abbey & CLT, in partnership with the Jack Miller Center

Interested in constitutional interpretation? What about the pursuit of the common good? If you answered "yes," be sure t...
09/21/2020
Constitutional Interpretation and the Common Good | James Madison Program

Interested in constitutional interpretation? What about the pursuit of the common good?

If you answered "yes," be sure to watch our #ConstitutionDay event on "Constitutional Interpretation and the Common Good," featuring Robert P. George and John O. McGinnis. Available here: https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/constitutional-interpretation-and-common-good#video

John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

Happy #ConstitutionDay, Madisonians! As James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, once said: “The happy Union of th...
09/17/2020
Constitutional Interpretation and the Common Good | James Madison Program

Happy #ConstitutionDay, Madisonians! As
James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, once said: “The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

In celebration, John O. McGinnis and Robert P. George will be LIVE on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET to discuss "Constitutional Interpretation and the Common Good." We hope you’ll join us!
Registration is still free, still required, and still available here:
https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/constitutional-interpretation-and-common-good

John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University, and Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

In celebration of #ConstitutionDay, we are giving away TWO copies of our James Madison Program pocket reader! The reader...
09/16/2020

In celebration of #ConstitutionDay, we are giving away TWO copies of our James Madison Program pocket reader! The reader includes the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and a Foreword by Robert P. George! All you have to do is...

1) "Like" our page
2) "Like" this post

We'll announce the winners at our virtual Constitution Day event on "Constitutional Interpretation and the Common Good" TOMORROW, September 17, at 4:30 PM ET! Registration available here:
https://jmp.princeton.edu/events/constitutional-interpretation-and-common-good

We're just hours away from Princeton University's 2020 Constitution Day Lecture! Keith E. Whittington will discuss "Free...
09/15/2020
2020 Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture

We're just hours away from Princeton University's 2020 Constitution Day Lecture! Keith E. Whittington will discuss "Freedom of Thought and the Struggle to End Slavery" LIVE on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET TODAY, September 15.

We are pleased to cosponsor this event with the Program in American Studies, the Office of the Provost, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Registration is still free and still available here:
https://ams.princeton.edu/events/university-constitution-day-lecture/freedom-thought-struggle-to-end-slavery

Keith E. Whittington Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He writes about American constitutional law, politics and history and American political thought. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law and Harv...

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Founded in the summer of 2000, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought. The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems. To realize its mission, the James Madison Program implements a number of initiatives. The Program awards visiting fellowships and postdoctoral appointments each year to support scholars conducting research in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. The Program supports the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars, and promotes civic education by its sponsorship of conferences, lectures, seminars, and colloquia. The Program's Undergraduate Fellows Forum provides opportunities for Princeton undergraduates to interact with Madison Program Visiting Fellows and speakers. The Madison Program also awards a Senior Thesis Prize for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Political Thought each year. The success of the James Madison Program depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment in advancing the understanding and appreciation of American ideals and institutions. We are deeply grateful to all who stand with us.

-Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

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An example of the hoops one has to go through to correct the lies told by politicians.
# The Banjo: Music and Conversation with Robby George and Tony Trischka The banjo was not born in the United States, but it became the quintessential American instrument. Where was the banjo born?
I’m In 👍🏻, Arthur’s lecture on “the Economics of Happiness” was outstanding so feel privileged with the opportunity to hear him a second time
Great to see initiatives like this.
I'm here asking for your help. I'm not American and I'm working right now on a text about Academic Freedom in the USA from the legal perspective. I understand that it's based on the First Amendment, (not on other kind of legislation) and in the interpretations that the SCOPUS and other courts have made. Here below my questions: 1) is the above statement right or I'm mislead? 2) how is defined the "good protected" by the courts? Are they the freedom of speech of the scholars/professors, the stability of their work, the development of critical thinking among the students avoiding indoctrination or also something abstract of "higher" meaning e.g. the right of men to seek truth, the right of following the conscience or any other aspect related with abstract aspect of the common good or the anthropological needs of men... or something else? 3) are, at least in theory, the academic freedom's current legal institutions enough to really protect it in practice? Thank you so much for your suggestions, explanations, corrections.
When will you be presenting podcasts?Princeton is so far away from Los Angeles.
------- Placing a link to my profile. "Think for yourself ! " Don't be impressed by leftist rubber-stamping "Nazi-kazi-paparazi".
Go Princeton!! Think for your self and don't fall for groupthink: "In today’s climate, it’s all-too-easy to allow your views and outlook to be shaped by dominant opinion on your campus or in the broader academic culture. The danger any student—or faculty member—faces today is falling into the vice of conformism, yielding to groupthink."
Makes sense to me? "The only people who need fear open-minded inquiry and robust debate are the actual bigots, including those on campuses or in the broader society who seek to protect the hegemony of their opinions by claiming that to question those opinions is itself bigotry".
Those unaware of the extent of the decline of the liberal arts i America might find it startling that this needed to be said at all. http://goo.gl/Y98R1T After all, other than free, critical inquiry, what are the liberal arts for? That said, the 15 professors who signed on to this deserve praise -- and robust protection from the inevitable backlash from the brownshirt left.
" Iluminating our Differences while Honoring our Shared Humanity" (Diplomatic Society July 2017 release) This week in an exclusive interview, United Nations Representative for the International Center for Ethno/Religious Mediation (ICERM) Marla Mossman spoke to The Diplomatic Society Global Editor Srimal Fernando. Srimal Fernando (SF): In almost six years of conflict in Syria close to half a million people have been killed and over 4 million more internally displaced. Perhaps now is the time for the conflicting parties and the International community to put an end to the years of hostilities. The road to peace can certainly be a very difficult. In that aspect what are your thoughts about building peace and reconciliation among the Syrian society? Marla Mossman (MM) : I have outlined Practical tools for Peace Building, education and the essentials of safety and security. However, there is a need for skilled jobs. People want to work, take care of their families, and gain better lives for themselves and their children. Yet there is vast unemployment due to lack of opportunities to learn new skills. This is stifling progress, especially the future for girls and boys (22- 28 ages). The post traumatic conditions they are experiencing need both physical and psychological support. Governments and Private sectors can team up to create goals for a prosperous and vibrant society when the focus moves from war and violence to compassion and peace. We can all do our share by practicing personal peace. Now is the time to eradicate the forces of hate, violence and terror. I do my part in my work and my art project of storytelling and photography. My Peace Caravan Project's motto is "Illuminating our Differences while Honoring our Shared Humanity."