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"The unexamined life is not worth living."

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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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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?”

Politics and Humanities

Politics and the Humanities is a podcast hosted by Tom Merrill (SPA Government) and Sarah Marsh (CAS Literature) on books, ideas, and liberal education.

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

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Jonathan Rauch's Top Ten Reasons Not to Silence Speech

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