Archived Calendars

Spring 2017

  • January 18, 2017
    Andy Sabl, Yale University, “Actually Existing Liberalism”
  • January 25, 2017
    Tobin Craig, James Madison College, “Protecting Democracy from Science, and Science from Democracy: A Political Defense of the Science/Policy Boundary”
  • February 1, 2017
    Lida Maxwell, Trinity College, “Truth Against War: Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing, and the Gendered Politics of Truth-Telling”
  • February 8, 2017
    Michelle Clarke, Dartmouth College, “Machiavelli’s Virtuous Princes”
  • February 15, 2017
    David Luban, Georgetown University, “Arendt Before Jerusalem: The Case of the Missing Morality”
  • February 22, 2017
    Giulia Oskian, Yale University, “A Self Moderating Democracy? Political Psychology and Constitutional Theory in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America”
  • March 1, 2017
    Eva Piirimae, University of Tartu, “Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Herder’s Thought”
  • March 8, 2017
    Alberto Ghibellini, MIT, “Natural Right and Historical Consciousness in Leo Strauss and Gerhard Krüger’s Correspondence”
  • March 29, 2017
    Andrew Poe, Amherst College, “Sources of Possession”
  • April 5, 2017
    David Williams, DePaul University, “Forestalling ‘the ever-widening inequality of fortunes’: Jean- Jacques Rousseau on Economic Inequality and the General Will”
  • April 12, 2017
    Susan McWilliams, Pomona College, “The Foundations of the Founding”
  • April 19, 2017
    Arlene Saxonhouse, University of Michigan, “What Constitutes a Nation? Hamilton and Jefferson on the Recognition of Citizen Genêt”
  • April 26, 2017
    Turkuler Isiksel, Columbia University, “Wealth and the Commonwealth: The Governance Paradigm in Eighteenth Century Political Thought”

Fall 2016

  • September 14, 2016  
    Mary Keys, Notre Dame University, “The Power and Peril of Names: Rhetoric, Politics, and Philosophy in Augustine’s City of God”
  • September 28, 2016  
    Laurence Cooper, Carleton College“Dreaming of Justice, Waking to Wisdom: Rousseau’s Final Insight
  • October 26, 2016
    John Roemer, Yale University, “Socialism Revised”
  • November 2, 2016
    Ioannis Evrigenis, Tufts University, “Context and Canon: The Case of Hobbes”
  • November 3, 2016
    Helene Landemore, Yale University, “Deliberation, Representation, and the Principles of Post-Representative Democracy”
  • November 9, 2016
    Adam Sandel, Harvard University, “Violence: Beyond Body Counts”
  • November 16, 2016
    Jacob Levy, McGill University, “Bees and Brobdingnagians: Satire and Liberal Social Theory”
  • November 30, 2016
    Seyla Benhabib, Yale University, “Legalism: A Reconstruction and Critique of Judith Shklar’s Concept”
  • December 7, 2016
    Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, “Subjects of Reason: Goods, Markets and Imaginaries of the Global Future

Spring 2016

  • January 27, 2016
    Karuna Mantena, Yale University: “Means, Ends, and the Dilemmas of Action”
  • February 3, 2016
    Meirav Jones, New York University/Yale University: “Jewish Sovereignty: A Westphalian Problem?”
  • February 10, 2016
    Samuel DeCanio, Yale University: “Democracy, the Market, and the Logic of Social Choice”
  • February 17, 2016
    Joshua Cohen, Apple University/UC Berkeley: “Reflections on Labor Standards”
  • March 2, 2016
    Michael Gillespie, Duke University: TBA
  • March 9, 2016
    Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University: “Civil Juries and Democratic Legitimacy”
  • March 30 - April 1, 2016
    Whitney Humanities Center - Tanner Lectures on Human Values - Judith Butler: “Interpreting Non-Violence”
    • Wed, 5 PM: “Why Preserve the Life of the Other?”
    • Thurs, 5 PM: “Legal Violence: An Ethical and Political Critique”
    • Fri, 10:30 AM: Roundtable Discussion
  • April 6, 2016
    Aaron Garrett, Boston University: “What is Political Knowledge? Hobbes, Spinoza, and Others”
  • April 13, 2016
    Victoria Kahn, UC Berkeley:  “Political Theology, the Jewish Question, and the Work of Metaphor”
  • April 20, 2016
    Jill Frank, Cornell University: “A Life Without Poetry: Rereading Republic 2-5.”
  • April 27, 2016
    Bolek Kabala, Yale University: “Hobbes, The New Secular Clerisy, and Spinoza’s Concern”

Fall 2015

  • September 9, 2015
    Steven Smith, Yale University: “Lincoln and the Problem of ‘Towering Genius’”
  • September 10, 2015
    Special Event: Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke (Whitney Humanities Center). 
    Please visit http://ycri.yale.edu/news/empire-and-revolution-political-life-edmund-burke for detailed information
  • September 11-12, 2015
    Special Event: Revolution, Dissent, and Democracy: The Political Thought of Richard Price (Whitney Humanities Center). 
    Please visit http://ycri.yale.edu/news/revolution-dissent-and-democracy-political-thought-richard-price for detailed information
  • September 16, 2015
    Melvin L. Rogers, UCLA:  “The Demandingness of Freedom: Walker and Racial Domination”
  • September 23, 2015 
    George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College:  “Religious Liberty, Same-Sex Marriage, and Public Space”
  • September 30, 2015 
    Graduate Student Presentations
  • October 1-3, 2015
    Special Event: 23rd Annual Critical Theory Roundtable (Whitney Humanities Center & Sterling Memorial Library). 
    Please visit https://criticaltheoryroundtable2015.wordpress.com/%20 for detailed information
  • October 1, 2015
    Special Event: European Studies Council workshop with Alessandro Ferrara: “Constitutional Narratives and the Future of Europe” (1:30 PM, Luce Hall 203).
  • October 7, 2015 
    Aziz Rana, Cornell University:  “The Lincolnian Constitution and Its Discontents”
  • October 14, 2015 
    Graduate Student Presentations
  • October 28, 2015 
    Ran Halévi, EHESS:  “Tocqueville: the Frontier between Aristocracy and Democracy”
  • November 4, 2015 
    Duncan Kelly, University of Cambridge:  “TBA”
  • November 11, 2015 
    Elizabeth F. Cohen, Syracuse University:  “The Political Economy of Time”
  • November 18, 2015
    Ian Shapiro, Yale University: “Against Impartiality”
  • December 2, 2015 
    Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University: “Between War and Peace: Diversity and a Culture of Debate”
  • December 9, 2015 
    Nancy Hirschmann, University of Pennsylvania:  “Disability, Freedom, and the Will”

Spring 2015

  • January 14, 2015
    Robert George (Princeton University): “Religious Liberty and the Human Good”
  • January 21, 2015
    Robert Post (Yale University): “Representative Democracy and the Constitution”
  • January 28, 2015
    Barnor Hesse (Northwestern University): “Racism’s Political Alterity”
  • February 4, 2015
    Susan Stokes & Hari Ramesh (Yale University): “Elections, Street Protests, and Democratic Accountability”
  • February 11, 2015
    Roundtable Discussion: “Qui est Charlie?: Religion, Speech, and Integration in Contemporary Europe”
  • February 18 - 20, 2015
    Whitney Humanities Center Tanner Lectures on Human Values - Dipesh Chakrabarty: “The Human Condition in the Anthropocene”
    • Wed, 5pm: “Climate Change as Epochal Consciousness”  
    • Thurs, 5pm: “Decentering the Human? Gaia”
    • Fri, 10:30am: Roundtable discussion
  • February 25, 2015
    Dieter Grimm (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin): “The Democratic Costs of Constitutionalization: the European Case”
  • March 4, 2015
    Lawrie Balfour (University of Virginia): “Ida B. Well and ‘Color Line Justice’: Rethinking Reparations in Feminist Terms”
  • March 25, 2015
    Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale University): “Perpetual Peace and Political Theory in the Enlightenment”
  • April 1, 2015
    Anna Jurkevics (Yale University): “The Importance of Place”
  • April 8, 2015
    Desmond Jagmohan (Princeton University): “Cultivating Civic Capacity Under Domination: Rethinking Booker T. Washington and Uplift Politics in the Era of Jim Crow”
  • April 15, 2015
    Tamsin Shaw (New York University): “Can we assess the political consequences of secularization?”
  • April 22, 2015
    Cristina Beltran (New York University): “Latino Conservatives: Thoughts on Race, Democracy, and the Right”
  • April 23, 2015
    *LECTURE, THURS 4pm (LUCE HALL)*
    Farhad Khosrokhavar (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales ): “The Two Types of Jihadists: Europe’s Disaffected Youth versus the Middle Class Young Jihadists”
  • April 28, 2015
    * TUESDAY 4-6pm, LUCE HALL RM 203*
    Andreas Hess (University College Dublin) & Samantha Ashenden (Birkbeck College, London): “Totalitarianism and Justice: Hannah Arendt and Judith N. Shklar’s Political Reflections in Historical and Theoretical Perspective”
  • April 29, 2015
    Umur Basdas (Yale University): “Adorno’s Project of Natural-History”

Fall 2014

  • September 10, 2014
    Susan Buck-Morss (CUNY Graduate Center): “Cosmopolitan Diaspora and the Present State of Theory”
  • September 17, 2014
    Graduate Student Presentations
  • September 24, 2014
    Diego von Vacano (Texas A&M University): “The Princely Republican: Bolivar’s Machiavellian Approach to Race”
  • October 1, 2014 (4.30pm) (note the slightly later start time)
    Joseph Fischel (Yale University): “Other Sex Scandals: Frat Boys, Queer Teens, and the Trouble with Sexual Autonomy”
  • October 8, 2014
    Nancy Fraser (The New School): “Can society be commodities all the way down? Post-Polanyian reflections on capitalist crisis”
  • October 15, 2014
    Graduate Student Presentations
  • October 29, 2014
    Banu Bargu (The New School): “Sovereignty as Erasure: Rethinking Enforced Disappearances”
  • November 5, 2014
    Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago): “The Turn to Affect and the Problem of Judgment”
  • November 12, 2014
    Andrew March (Yale University): “The Problem of Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought”
  • November 19, 2014
    Max Pensky (Binghamton University): “Amnesty and Sovereignty”
  • December 3, 2014
    Jack Knight (Duke University): “Legal Realism and Institutional Design”
  • December 5, 2014
    (FRI) Conference: Justification Beyond the State, Location: President’s Room, Woolsey Hall

Spring 2014

  • January 15, 2014
    Paul Franks (Yale University): “Who is King in Jeshurun? Autonomy, Civil Rights, and Non-State Law in the German-Jewish Experience”
  • January 22, 2014
    Steven Skultety (University of Mississippi): “Aristotle and Democracy”
  • January 29, 2014
    Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London): “Thomas Hobbes and the social control of unsociability”
  • February 5, 2014
    Jeanne Morefield (Whitman College): “Rhetorics of Imperial Deflection: Jan Smuts and International Hierarchy”
  • February 12, 2014
    Gregory Mankiw (Harvard University): “Defending the One Percent”
  • February 26, 2014
    Seyla Benhabib (Yale University): “Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law: On Legal Utopianism and Democratic Skepticism”
  • March 5, 2014
    John Tomasi (Brown University): “Free Market Fairness”
  • March 26, 2014
    Isabelle Ferreras (Belgian National Science Foundation (F.N.R.S., Brussels), University of Louvain): “Toward a Political Theory of the Firm: From Political Bicameralism to Economic Bicameralism”
  • April 9, 2014
    Ryan Balot (University of Toronto): “Is Machiavelli Entitled to Give Advice?”

Fall 2013

  • September 11, 2013
    Alison McQueen (Stanford University): “Political Realism and Moral Corruption”
  • September 20, 2013 (Friday)
    Jon Elster (Columbia University): “Excessive Ambitions of Normative Political Theory”
  • September 25, 2013
    Graduate Student Presentations
  • October 2, 2013
    Graduate Student Presentations
  • October 9, 2013
    Aurelian Craiutu (Indiana University): “The Elusive Center: Moderation in the Writings of the Coppet Group (Madame de Staël, Jacques Necker, and Benjamin Constant)”
  • October 16, 2013
    Cristina Lafont (Northwestern University): “Global Governance and Human Rights”
  • October 30, 2013
    David Ciepley (University of Denver): “Beyond Public and Private: Toward a Political Theory of the Corporation”
  • November 6, 2013
    Joshua Cherniss (Harvard University): “The Courage of our Doubts and Uncertainties: Isaiah Berlin on the Ethics of Moderation and the Ethos of Liberalism”
  • November 13, 2013
    Discussion Session
  • November 18, 2013 (Monday)
    Special Event: ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem - 50 years later’; Film Screening of Hannah Arendt (2pm, Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center) followed by symposium with panelists Jeffrey Alexander, Anthony Kronman, Brigitte Peucker, Steven Smith, Adam Tooze, and Jay Winter, with Seyla Benhabib, moderator (4pm, Room 208, WHC)
  • November 20, 2013
    Special Event: ‘Revisiting Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Conversation with Partha Chatterjee’, co-sponsored by the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Luce Auditorium, 4:15pm
  • December 4, 2013
    David Grewal (Yale University): “The Commercial Oeconomy”
  • December 12, 2013 (Thursday)
    Rainer Forst (Goethe University, Frankfurt): “Transnational Justice and Democracy”

Spring 2013

  • January 23, 2013
    Reva Siegel (Yale Law School): The Law (and Politics) of Disparate Impact
  • January 30, 2013
    Andrew Sabl (UCLA): Hume’s Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England
  • February 6, 2013
    Ian Shapiro (Yale University): Non-domination, impartiality, and the bedrock of justice
  • February 13, 2013
    Catherine Zuckert (University of Notre Dame): Machiavelli’s New Republic
  • February 20, 2013
    Tamara Metz (Reed College): The Liberal Case for Disestablishing Marriage
  • February 27, 2013
    Patchen Markell (University of Chicago): The Surprising Platonism of Hannah Arendt
  • March 1-2, 2013
    CSPT Annual Conference: Political Thought and Historical Imagination (Luce Auditorium)
  • March 6, 2013
    Kinch Hoekstra (UC Berkeley): Why Did Thomas Hobbes Translate Thucydides?
  • April 10, 2013
    Arash Abizadeh (McGill University): Sovereign Jurisdiction, Territorial Rights, and Membership in Hobbes
  • April 17, 2013
    Paul Franks (Yale University): Is Judaism Religion or Law?  Isaac Breuer and the Independent Orthodox Response to Spinoza and Kant in the Age of Emancipation
  • April 24, 2013
    Ryan Hanley (Marquette University): Adam Smith on What the West Can Learn from China
  • May 1, 2013
    George Kateb (Princeton University): Lincoln’s Political Thought

Fall 2012

  • Sep 19, 2012
    Rob Reich (Stanford University), “On Philanthropy and Democracy”
  • Sep 27, 2012 [Please note: this workshop will be held on a Thursday]
    Jay Bernstein (New School), “Democratic Bodies: The Abolition of Torture and the Uprising of the Rule of Law”
  • Oct 3, 2012
    Pablo Kalmanovitz (Yale University), “Just war, regular war, and adjudication of jus ad bellum”
  • Oct 10, 2012
    Job Market Presentations
  • Oct 17, 2012
    Sarah Song (UC Berkeley), “The Significance of Territorial Presence and the Rights of Immigrants”
  • Oct 31, 2012
    Kinch Hoekstra (UC Berkeley), “Why Did Thomas Hobbes Translate Thucydides?” [rescheduled for Spring 2013]
  • Nov 7, 2012
    Job Market Presentation
  • Nov 14, 2012
    Stefanos Geroulanos (NYU), “Ethnographic Humanism and the Critique of Transparency: Tristes Tropiques, UNESCO, Rousseau, Derrida” [jointly with the Modern European Colloquium]
  • Nov 28, 2012
    Panel discussion: The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere [jointly with the Modern European Colloquium]
  • Dec 5, 2012
    Christopher J. Lebron (Yale University), “From A Human Point of View: The Substance of Egalitarianism”