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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

PTI Events

Janus Forum Debates

April 16: "The Role of Art in Liberal Democracies"
Roger Kimball v. Farhang Erfani
8:00-10:00 pm, Mary Graydon Center 3,4,& 5

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Previous Events

April 3: "The NSA & Privacy"
General Michael Hayden v. Barton Gellman
8:00-10:00 pm, Location MGC 2 - 5

POSTPONED: March 3: "Machiavelli and The Federalist Papers"
Nathan Tarcov
, University of Chicago
5:30-7:00 pm, Mary Graydon Center 200

Camille Paglia vs. Jane Flax: "Gender Roles: Nature or Nurture?"

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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Director Alan Levine


A specialist in the history of Western political thought, Professor Levine's teaching and research interests include the theoretical principles of the United States, the concept of "America," and ancient, renaissance, modern, and postmodern political theory.

PTI Faculty

2012-2013 Highlights:

View videos of our Janus Forum Debates on Gay Marriage (Rauch v. Raimondo), the 2012 Election (Kristol v. Galston), and U.S. Foreign Policy (Preble v. Fly). Watch each of the three panels of our conference on the "Morality of Capitalism." Review a list of our 2012-2013 lectures and speakers.

--Alan Levine, PTI Director