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"The unexamined life is not worth living."
–Socrates

Welcome to PTI

The mission of the Political Theory Institute (PTI) is to encourage the serious study of the great questions of political theory and to bring the insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events.
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Spring 2021 Events

All events are live via Zoom from 5:30-7:00 pm ET.

January 25: H.R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor and retired Army General, on “What is the National Interest?”

February 18: Stephen Macedo, Princeton University, on “After the Backlash: Immigration, Populism, and Liberal Nationalism”

March 8: “The Life and Work of Gertrude Himmelfarb.”
Panel discussion featuring:
William Kristol, Director, Defending Democracy Together & former Sine Fellow at AU;
Matthew Continetti, Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon & former adjunct at AU;
Jerry Muller, Catholic University, emeritus;
Samuel Moyn, Yale University.

April 1: Remi Brague, Université Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris I) and Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich), emeriti, on “What Went Wrong with Modernity?”

April 15: Roosevelt Montas, Columbia University, “Democratizing the Great Books.”

American University School of Public Affairs

Political Theory Institute Guest Lectures

Videos in this playlist

To play a specific video, use the playlist icon in the player or view each video on YouTube.

  1. American University School of Public Affairs

    Cornel West and Robert George Talk About the Purpose of a Liberal Education

  2. American University School of Public Affairs

    What Went Wrong with Modernity? w/ Rémi Brague

  3. American University School of Public Affairs

    Democratizing the Great Books w/ Roosevelt Montas

  4. American University School of Public Affairs

    PTI: The Life and Work of Gertrude Himmelfarb

  5. American University School of Public Affairs

    PTI Event: After the Backlash: Immigration, Populism, and Liberal Nationalism

  6. American University School of Public Affairs

    What is the National Interest? w/ Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

  7. American University School of Public Affairs

    "Does Conservatism Have a Future in the United States?" w/ Patrick Deneen

  8. American University School of Public Affairs

    Does Socialism Have a Future in the United States? w/ Bhaskar Sunkara

  9. American University School of Public Affairs

    Does the Center Have a Future in the United States?” w/ William Galston, Brookings Institution

  10. American University School of Public Affairs

    Do the Humanities Have a Future? The Liberal Arts Between Technocracy and Radicalism”

  11. American University School of Public Affairs

    Facebook Live: Lincoln Scholar Lecture with Danielle Allen

  12. American University School of Public Affairs

    Free Speech on Campus

  13. American University School of Public Affairs

    Fashion, Identity, and Freedom of Expression w/ Gwenda-lin Grewal

  14. American University School of Public Affairs

    PTI Webinar: Athens’ Plague and Ours

  15. American University School of Public Affairs

    Facebook Live: Immigration, What Should U.S. Policy Be?

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