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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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Fall 2021 Events

All events 5:30-7:00 pm ET & live online via Zoom – except for the 11/11 event which will be both in person on campus and live streamed.

9/16: Stephen Knott, United States Naval War College, on “The Political and Constitutional Thought of Alexander Hamilton.” Constitution Day Lecture. In Conversation with Alan Levine.

10/7: Sophie Marcotte Chénard, Carleton University (Canada), on “What Can We Learn from Political History? Strauss and Aron on Thucydides.” In Conversation with Borden Flanagan.

10/25: Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University, on “Populism, Polarization, and National Identity.” In Conversation with Alan Levine.

11/11: Anika Prather, founder, The Living Water School, on “The Black Classical Tradition.” Lincoln Scholars Lecture. In Conversation with Thomas W. Merrill.

12/2: Benjamin and Jenna Storey, Furman University, on “Why We Are Restless: The Modern Quest for Contentment.” In Conversation with Alan Levine.

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Political Theory Institute Guest Lectures

Videos in this playlist

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  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

    The Political and Constitutional Thought of Alexander Hamilton

  3. American University School of Public Affairs

    Progressivism and the Successor Ideology w/ Author Wesley Yang

  4. American University School of Public Affairs

    What Went Wrong with Modernity? w/ Rémi Brague

  5. American University School of Public Affairs

    Democratizing the Great Books w/ Roosevelt Montas

  6. American University School of Public Affairs

    PTI: The Life and Work of Gertrude Himmelfarb

  7. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  8. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  9. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  10. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  11. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  12. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  13. American University School of Public Affairs

    Facebook Live: Lincoln Scholar Lecture with Danielle Allen

  14. American University School of Public Affairs

    Free Speech on Campus

  15. American University School of Public Affairs

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

  16. American University School of Public Affairs

    PTI Webinar: Athens’ Plague and Ours

  17. American University School of Public Affairs

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

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