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

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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 2019 Lecture Series

September 18, Kerwin Hall Room 301, 5:30-7PM
Greg Weiner, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Assumption College, will give our Constitution Day Lecture on “‘The God of this Lower World’: Burke, Lincoln and Constitutional Prudence."
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October 1, Kerwin 301, 5:30-7PM
Jacob Howland, McFarlin Professor of Philosophy, University of Tulsa, on “Ideological Tyranny and Glaucon’s Fate: Plato’s Republic in Context.”

October 22, Butler Board Room, 5:30-7:15PM
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, and Shikha Dalmia, Reason Foundation, discussing immigration.

November 13, McDowell Formal Lounge, 5:30-7PM
Danielle Allen on the Declaration of Independence

December 3, 5:30-7PM, Kerwin 301
Henry Higuera, professor emeritus, St. John’s College, Annapolis on “Philosophy, Poetry, and Politics in Don Quixote.”

The Purpose of a Liberal Education

Robert George and Cornel West led a discussion on the purpose of a liberal education at American University.

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The Political Theory Institute prepares students for a diverse array of graduate programs and career paths.

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Civil War Cannon

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Professors Link Relevance of Civil War to Political Debate Today

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Upcoming Lecture Series

Greg Weiner
Sept. 18, 2019 5:30—7PM
Kerwin 301
“‘The God of this Lower World’: Burke, Lincoln and Constitutional Prudence.”

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