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Upcoming Events


  • Moral Foundations of the American Constitutional Order

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for post-doctoral and advanced graduate students in American political thought and political theory, sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and InstitutionsJune 11–15, 2018
  • Moral Life and the Classical Tradition (Men)

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for rising juniors and seniors in high schoolJune 17–23, 2018
  • Moral Life and the Classical Tradition (Women)

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for rising juniors and seniors in high schoolJune 24–30, 2018
  • Principles of American Politics

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for rising juniors and seniors in high school and rising college freshmen; sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and InstitutionsJuly 9–13, 2018
  • Natural Law and Public Affairs

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for advanced undergraduate and graduate studentsJuly 10–14, 2018
  • First Principles

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for advanced undergraduate and graduate studentsJuly 15–27, 2018
  • Church and State

    Princeton Theological SeminaryA seminar for early career faculty, post-docs, and those at the ABD levelJuly 22–28, 2018
  • Moral Foundations of Law

    Princeton Theological SeminaryA seminar for law students, specifically, rising 2L and 3L JD candidates as well as LLM and JSD candidates. International applicants with undergraduate degrees in law are also welcome to apply.July 29–August 4, 2018
  • Thomistic Seminar

    Princeton Theological SeminaryA seminar for graduate studentsAugust 5–11, 2018

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Can Higher Education Be Saved?


R.J. Snell, Director of the Center for the University and Intellectual Life at the Witherspoon Institute, will participate in a two-day conference on The State of American Higher Education at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Snell’s talk is titled, “Why Faith-Based Institutions Are the Best Hope for the Revival of the Liberal Arts and Higher Learning.”

The conference is sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life and will take place on April 6-7, 2018. 

Other speakers include: 

  • Dr. Gerard Bradley, University of Notre Dame, “The State of American Catholic Higher Education”
  • Dr. Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars, “The Student Debt Crisis: Is College Worth It?”
  • Dr. William Deresiewicz, formerly of Yale University, “The Crisis of the Elite American Universities and Its Consequences”
  • Dr. Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame, “The Consumerist Mentality in American Higher Education”
  • Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Franciscan University of Steubenville, “The Collapse of the Liberal Arts”

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit the conference website.

 

2018 Summer Seminars in Princeton — Apply by February 18, 2018


Calling all students! Apply now for the Witherspoon Institute’s 2018 Summer Seminars in Princeton, New Jersey!

  • High school students can choose from two seminars: Moral Life & the Classical Tradition and Principles of American Politics. Learn more about our high school seminars here.  
  • Two summer seminars are offered for college students: First Principles and Natural Law & Public Affairs. More information about both seminars and a list of some of the faculty members may be found online
  • Graduate students may apply to five seminars: Moral Foundations of the American Constitutional Order; Natural Law & Public Affairs; First Principles; Church & State; and the Thomistic Seminar in Philosophical Anthropology. Particular requirements for each seminar may be located here.
  • The Moral Foundations of Law seminar is open to law students. Additional details are located online.
  • Early career faculty, post-docs, and ABDs are eligible to participate in our bi-annual Church & State seminar. Find out more here.

Applications for all seminars are due on or before February 18, 2018! Apply online today!