Past Events


  • Sidney M. Milkis (University of Virginia): "What Happened to the Vital Center: The Fracturing of America
                                                                                  and the Rise of Donald Trump"
  • Helge Antoni: "Cross-Cultural Influences and National Identity in Music"
  • Christopher S. Celenza (Georgetown University): "Machiavelli: Yesterday and Today"
  • Tocqueville Forum Student Fellows Conference: "Social Media and Democracy"


  • Tocqueville Forum Conference: "The Legacy of Democracy in America"
  • Department of Classics/Tocqueville Forum Conference: "Political Rhetoric: Ancient and Modern"


  • Rogers M. Smith (University of Pennsylvania): "Democracy in America in the 21st Century:
                                                                                           New Challenges of Diversity and Inequality"
  • Forum Roundtable: "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century"


  • Arthur Herman (Hudson Institute): "The Future of the Western Experiment"
  • Rod Dreher (The American Conservative) and Ken Myers (Mars Hill Audio): "The Benedict Option?"
  • Joel Kotkin (Chapman University): "The Clerisy, Oligarchs and the New Politics of Class"
  • ​Textual Exegesis Conference: "The Interpretation and Teaching of Primary Sources"


  • Yuval Levin (Ethics and Public Policy Center): "Tradition in a Democratic Age: Burke and Tocqueville on the Meaning of the  Past"
  • George Weigel (Ethics and Public Policy Center): "Does John Courtney Murray’s America Still Exist?"
  • Claes Ryn (The Catholic University of America):"The Unleashing of Power: Political Idealism and the Crumbling of American Constitutionalism"
  • Harvey Mansfield (Harvard University): "Tocqueville On the Foundation of Liberty"
  • Kristine Kalanges (Notre Dame Law School): "No God but the State: Theorizing the Western Assault on Religious Freedom" 
  • David Walsh (The Catholic University of America): "Tocqueville in Copenhagen"
  • Patrick Deneen (Notre Dame) "After Democracy? Tocqueville on the End of Democracy"


  • Randy Barnett (Georgetown Law Center): "Who Won the Obamacare Case?"
  • Os Guinness "Can Freedom Last Forever?" 
  • James V. Schall: "A Final Gladness"
  • David Campbell and Clyde Wilcox "American Grace Revisited"
  • Ross Douthatt: "Bad Religion"