Kay Hymowitz: The New Brooklyn – October 12, 2017

Join us at 7:30 in the sanctuary of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life for Kay Hymowitz’s lecture on urban renewal. Hymowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of numerous books, including Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys (Basic Books, 2011) and Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age (Ivan Dee, 2007). Her talk will be based on her most recent book, The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

John Zumbrunnen: Constitution Day Lecture – September 14, 2017

In addition to speaking at the Political Theory Workshop, Professor Zumbrunnen will be giving our 2017 Constitution Day Lecture: ‘If You Can Keep It:’ Benjamin Franklin and Constitutional Legitimacy.” The lecture will be from 6:30-7:30 in the Freeman Center for Jewish Life Sanctuary.

John Zumbrunnen: Political Theory Workshop – September 14, 2017

Join us at 4:00 on September 14 for the first Political Theory Workshop of the 2017-2018 school-year. John Zumbrunnen will be giving a talk titled: “‘Balanc’d Between Principle and Inclination:’ Benjamin Franklin and David Hume.” In addition to being a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Zumbrunnen is also the director of the American Democracy Forum. He is the author of Silence and Democracy: Athenian Politics in Thucydides’ History (Penn State, 2008) and Aristophanic Comedy and the Challenge of Democratic Citizenship (University of Rochester Press, 2012). Professor Zumbrunnen’s talk will be in 230E Gross Hall.

Russel Muirhead: Political Theory Workshop – April 13, 2017

The 2016-2017 Political Theory Workshop will wrap up this Thursday with Russel Muirhead’s paper, “The Epistemic Basis for Political Opposition.” Russel Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics and Professor of Government at Dartmouth College.  He is the author of The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age (Harvard University Press, 2014), and Just Work (Harvard University Press, 2004).  Come join us at 4:00 in Gross Hall 270!

Nancy Rosenblum: Political Theory Workshop – April 6, 2017


Nancy Rosenblum is the Harvard University Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government emerita. She is the author of numerous books, including Another Liberalism: Romanticism and the Reconstruction of Liberal Thought (Harvard, 1987), Membership and Morals: The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America (Princeton, 2000), and On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship (Princeton, 2008). Join us at 4:00 in 270 Gross Hall for a discussion of Professor Rosenblum’s most recent book, Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America (Princeton, 2016).

“Assume a Can Opener:” An Inquiry into the Nature and Cause of Economist Jokes: Humor and Politics Workshop – March 28, 2017

Charles Hill: Political Theory Workshop – March 3, 2017

Join us from 4:00-5:30 in Gross Hall to hear Professor Charles Hill present his paper: ” Modern Diplomacy’s Major Mistake.” Professor Hill is the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  He is the author of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft and World Order (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011).

Graduate Conference in Political Theory – February 23-24, 2017


Join us for the 2017 Graduate Conference in Political Theory!

Jennifer Pitts will be giving a keynote address on Thursday night entitled “Boundaries of the International.”  Professor Pitts is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.  Her research interests include modern political thought, international political thought, the history of international law, empire, and global justice.  She is the author of A Turn to Empire: The Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

The conference will take place in 270 Gross Hall.   Click on the schedule below for more details.

Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community Recruiting New Members

The Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community is currently recruiting new members.  The purpose of the community is to provide a living opportunity for Duke sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a passion for politics, economics and philosophy.  Click on this link for information about becoming a member.

The Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community welcomes Illinois Representative Daniel Lipinski

The Perils of Presidential Comedy: Humor and Politics Working Group – February 1, 2017

Please join us Wednesday, February 1st, from 7pm to 9pm in Perkins-Rubinstein 349 for a conversation about the future of political humor. Our theme is “Perils of Presidential Comedy” and we will be considering the future of satirical (and non-satirical) media coverage in the new presidency, the president’s intentional or unintentional use of humor in his public communication strategy and the international comedic perspective on American politics.