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    From Henry Holt: THE BAREFOOT LAWYER by Chen Guangcheng

    BarefootLawyerOn March 10th, Henry Holt and Co. released the first person account of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s struggle for freedom and his fight for human rights in China: The Barefoot Lawyer.

    The son of a poor farmer in rural China, Chen was blinded by illness in infancy and was fortunate to survive a difficult childhood. Despite his disability, he was determined to educate himself. He dedicated himself to fighting for the rights of his country’s poor, especially a legion of women who had endured forced sterilizations and abortions under the hated “one child” policy. Repeatedly harassed, beaten, and imprisoned by Chinese authorities, Chen was ultimately placed under house arrest. One morning in April 2012, he climbed over the wall of his heavily guarded home and made a daring escape. Days later, he turned up at the American embassy in Beijing, and only a furious round of high-level negotiations made it possible for him to leave China and begin a new life in the United States. Continue reading


    Summer Seminars 2015

    The Institute is pleased to announce our 2015 Summer Seminars for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. These intensive programs examine vital moral questions in social, philosophical, legal, and political thought and have attracted young men and women from across the world for over a decade. With discussions guided by leading scholars from the United States and Great Britain, the Summer Seminars comprise the core of the Institute’s efforts to assist the next generation of scholars in reflecting on distinctly human questions. 

    For more information about seminar topics, faculty, readings, and application processes, visit the links to the seminar pages below. We look forward to seeing you in Princeton this summer!

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    Dr. Graham Walker Appointed Senior Research Scholar

    GrahamThe Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Graham Walker as Senior Research Scholar. Walker served as President of Patrick Henry College from 2006 to 2014, where he was also Professor of Government. He is a member of the Faculty Advisory Council for the “Values & Capitalism” initiative at the American Enterprise Institute, and serves on the board of directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Earlier, he was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania; served as an NEH Fellow and John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; was a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and was a faculty member at The Catholic University of America. Continue reading


    Annual Simon Lecture to be given by George Marsden

    marsdenThe Witherspoon Institute, together with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, is pleased to announce the 2014 Simon Lecture to be given by esteemed scholar George Marsden (University of Notre Dame, Emeritus). His lecture is titled “Beyond Liberalism and the Culture Wars: Principled Pluralism” on October 1, 2014, at 4:30PM in McCormick Hall 101 on the campus of Princeton University. The lecture is open to the public.
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