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Steve Forbes Video - "The Morality of Capitalism" - 11.5.15

December 21, 2015 • Constitutional StudiesCategories: Lectures


Young Americans for Freedom, the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, and the Tocqueville Program welcomed Steve Forbes to campus. in November.  His talk, "The Morality of Capitalism," drew a crowd of over 350 students! Read More >

Video: Professors for Lunch - "The Iran Agreement: As Good As We Can Get?"

October 23, 2015 • Jennifer SmithCategories: Professors for Lunch

You can now watch a video of the first Professors for Lunch of the 2015-16 academic year!


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Welcome Donald Drakeman

February 24, 2015 • Jen Smith

We are pleased to welcome Donald Drakeman to the Constitutional Studies Program.  Don has been a friend of the program, but it is an honor to have him join us officially as Distinguished Research Professor. Read More >

Video - Marriage Debate

January 30, 2015 • Jen SmithCategories: Lectures

You can view the event video here.

January 27, 2015 - Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame

"What is Marriage? A Conversation on the Meaning of Equality, Rights, and the Future of Marriage"

John Corvino - nationally renowned scholar advocating same-sex marriage and author of What's Wrong with Homosexuality?

Sherif Girgis - Co-author of What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, the leading scholarly defense of traditional marriage

Sponsored by the A&L Dean's Fellows and the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion & Public Life Read More >

Video - Philip K. Howard

November 20, 2014 • Jen SmithCategories: Lectures

October 2, 2014
Philip K. Howard

"Can American Government Be Fixed? How We Lost Authority to Govern Ourselves and What to do About It"
by Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard is a well-known leader of government and legal reform in America. His new book, The Rule of Nobody (W. W. Norton, April 2014), has been praised by Fareed Zakaria as “an utterly compelling and persuasive book that, if followed, could change the way America works.” His Ted Talk has has been viewed by almost 500,000 people. Mr. Howard is also the author of the best-seller The Death of Common Sense (Random House, 1995), The Collapse of the Common Good (Ballantine Books, 2002) and Life Without Lawyers (W. W. Norton, 2009). Read More >

Video - 2014 Constituion Day Lecture (James Ceaser)

November 20, 2014 • Jen SmithCategories: Lectures

The 2014 Constitution Day Lecture at Notre Dame
"The Constitution as Political Theory"
October 10, 2014

James W. Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science, Reconstructing America, and Nature and History in American Political Development. Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes. Professor Ceaser is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American Politics for the Voice of America.
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Video - Professors for Lunch with George Marsden

October 06, 2014 • Constitutional StudiesCategories: Professors for Lunch

"Beyond Liberalism and Culture Wars: A More Inclusive Pluralism"
By: George Marsden, History Emeritus Read More >

Can American Government Be Fixed?

September 30, 2014 • Constitutional StudiesCategories: Lectures

After facing-off with Jon Stewart and giving a Ted Talk with a half-million views, renowned legal expert and best-selling author Philip K. Howard comes to Notre Dame this Thursday to share his vision for simplifying the American legal system to promote the common good. Read More >

2014 Constituion Day Lecture

September 16, 2014 • Constitutional StudiesCategories: Lectures

The 2014 University of Notre Dame Constitution Day Lecture will be delivered by James W. Ceaser: "The Constitution as Political Theory" Read More >

Welcome Professor Deneen

September 16, 2014 • Constitutional Studies

Please welcome Professor Patrick Deneen of Political Science as the acting director of the Constitutional Studies Minor for the 2014-2015 academic year. Read More >

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After Obergefell: The Future of Marriage, Gay Rights, and Religious Freedom


Location: DeBartolo 155

Stephen Macedo, Princeton University, and Ryan Anderson, Heritage Foundation, will discuss the legal and moral definition of marriage in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate.

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