Colloquium on the American Founding Events

This Fall the Colloquium was held September 25 & 26, 2009. You can listen to talks below that are underlined by simply moving your mouse over them and clicking.

Talks & Speakers for the Colloquium Weekend

"Constitutional Decay in a Time of Financial Crises:  Lessons from TARP and AIG

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Date:  Friday, September 25

Time:   4:00 p.m.

Description:  Richard Epstein, professor of law at the University of Chicago, will speak about the current financial crisis and the constitutionality of bailouts.  Epstein is the author of over 14 books and has written on numerous legal and interdisciplinary subjects.  He also served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law and Economics.  At present, Epstein is a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.

Location:  Room: 115 (Pruyne)

Fayerweather

“Obama and Israel:  A Sobering Report”

Date:  Friday, September 25

Time:   8:00 p.m.

Description: Glen Lewy, the National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, will speak about the United States’ relations with Israel under the Obama Administration.  As National Chair, Lewy has traveled extensively to meet with foreign and domestic leaders; with respect to the Middle East, he has met with the President of Egypt, the King of Jordan, the King of Saudi Arabia, numerous foreign ministers from the region, and all of the most recent Prime Ministers of Israel.  Lewy is the Senior Managing Director of Hudson Ventures.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, sits on the Board of Trustees of the New York Historical Society, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the SEED Foundation.

Location:  Room:  Lewis-Sebring Commons

Valentine Hall

“Obama and the Fourth Wave of Liberalism”

Date:  Saturday, September 26

Time:   9:30 a.m.

Description:  Charles Kesler, professor of Political Science at Claremont-McKenna College, will speak about modern liberalism in the era of Obama.  Kesler is the head of the Salvatori Center at Claremont-McKenna College, and the founding Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, one of the premier journals of political commentary in the country.  

Location:  Room:  Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

No Exit:  The Duty to Have Health Care in an Age of Universal Coverage

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Date:  Saturday, September 26

Time:   11:00 a.m.

Description:  Richard Epstein, professor of law at the University of Chicago, will speak about the legal and constitutional ramifications of nationalized health care.  Epstein is the author of over 14 books and has written on numerous legal and interdisciplinary subjects.  He also served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law and Economics.  At present, Epstein is a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.

Location:  Room:  Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

A View of the Political Landscape from Capitol Hill

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Date:  Saturday, September 26

Time:   12:15 p.m.

Description: Noah Silverman ’92, the Director of Congressional Relations for the Republican Jewish Coalition, will give his perspective on the state of politics on Capitol Hill.

Location:  Room:  Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

This Just In:  The Latest on Health Care from Washington

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Date:  Saturday, September 26

Time:   2:00 p.m.

Description:  Elizabeth (Betsy) McCaughey, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, will speak about the current state of the health care debate.  McCaughy served as Lieutenant Governor of New York under Governor George Pataki.  She has taught at Columbia University and Vassar College and has written for the Wall Street Journal and the American Spectator

Location:  Room:  Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

An Earnest Plea for a Better Class of Atheists

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Date:  Saturday, September 26

Time:   3:15 p.m.

Description:  David Hart, a noted scholar and theologian, will speak about atheism.  Hart is the author of five books his most recent, Atheist Delusions.  He has written articles on philosophical, religious, literary, and cultural topics for various periodicals including The New Criterion and First Things.  Hart has taught at the University of Virginia, Duke Divinity School, University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and Loyola College in Maryland.

Location:  Room:  Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

Brochure for the American Founding Colloquium Weekend Fall 2009 (Click on this link)