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.

Jedediah Purdy: Political Theory Workshop – January 28

The first meeting of the Spring 2017 Political Theory Workshop will be Thursday January 26 in Gross Hall 270 from 4 – 5:30 pm.   Duke Law Professor Jedediah Purdy will present a paper entitled “Trumpism:  What it is and Who Might Help Us Think About It.”  Professor Purdy is an expert on legal theory, and teaches classes on constitutional, environmental and property law.  He is the author of four books, including The Meaning of Property (Yale 2010), as well as numerous articles and op eds.


Cal Jillson: Constitution Day Speaker – Sep 15, 2016


Duke Department of Political Science hosts Interdisciplinary Political Theory Retreat

Funded by a Humanities Futures Grant from the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Interdisciplinary Political Theory Retreat was held on September 9, 2016 in 270 Gross Hall.  Faculty from the history, philosophy and political science departments, as well as the Divinity School, the Law School, the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Sanford School of Public Policy met to discuss goals and plan future events.  Look for upcoming events on the Franklin Humanities Institute and Political Science websites.

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