2013 - 2014 Events



The Tocqueville Project sponsers public lectures, debates, and panel discussions, as well as academic seminars aimed at advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members. All events are open to the public and are free of charge. Free parking is available in the North Lot on Founders Road. Please see the campus map for the location of this lot and the Liberal Arts Building.



Public Events - 2013-2014


Wednesday, September 4
Liberty, Security, and the Limits of State Action
Panelists: Melissa Harris-Perry (Tulane) and Salmon Shomade (UNO)
6:00pm, Liberal Arts #236

Thursday, September 12
The Welfare State
Panelists: Roger Pilon (Cato Institute) and Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown Law)
6:00pm, Liberal Arts #236

Thursday, October 24
Religious Liberty & Public Education
Panelists: Barbara Forrest (Southeastern LA), Stephen Harvey (Pepper Hamilton LLP), and
William Jeynes (CSU Long Beach)
6:00pm, Liberal Arts #236

Thursday, January 23
The Morality of Capitalism
Panelists: Bradley Hobbs (Flordia Gulf Coast) and James Payne (UNO)
6:00pm, Liberal Arts #236

Wednesday, January 29
 Cancelled due to weather. Rescheduled for fall 2014.
Money and Politics 
Panelists: Charles "Buddy" Roemer (52nd Governor of Louisiana) and James Stoner (LSU)
6:00pm, Liberal Arts #236

Thursday, March 20
Federalism: The New Nationalism?
Panelists: Heather Gerken (Yale Law School) and 
Hon. Stephen Higginson (US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit)
6:00pm, Liberal Arts #236



Seminars - 2013-2014

Seminar papers are available online at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. It is expected that all seminar attendees will have read and thought about the paper in advance of the meeting. 

Thursday, September 26
"Platonic Education and the Idols of the City"
Shawn Welnak (Long Island University, Post)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #234

Thursday, October 10
"Why Rights to Self-Determination Cannot Justify Immigration Restrictions"
Javier Hidalgo (University of Richmond)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #234

Thursday, November 7
"Institutional Corruption and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy"
William English (Harvard University)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #234

Thursday, November 21
"Why Not Capitalism?"
Jason Brennan (Georgetown University)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #234

Thursday, February 6
"Why We Should Legalize a Market in Political Votes"
James S. Taylor (The College of New Jersey)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #194

Thursday, February 20
"Donor Conception and the Right to Genetic Parents' Love"
Melissa Moschella
(Catholic University of America)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #194

Thursday, March 13
"Improving Perfectionism"
Gwen Bradford (Rice University)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #194

Thursday, April 3
"How to Publicly Justify Religious Exemptions"
Kevin Vallier
 (Bowling Green)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #194

Thursday, April 17
"A Deontological Defense of Private Property"
Bas van der Vossen (UNC Greensboro)
5:00pm, Liberal Arts #194

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Past Events and Participants


2012 - 2013
"Religious Liberty and the Human Good," Robert P. George (Princeton University)

"An Amazing Year at the Supreme Court," Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine School of Law)
"The Role of Incarceration in Tocqueville's America," Daniel D'Amico (Loyola University)
"Kant and Biblical Hermeneutics," Lawrence Pasternack (Oklahoma State University)

"Unified Wholes as Substances," Kathrin Koslicki (University of Colorado-Boulder)
"Adapting Plato's Cardinal Virtues for Democratic Leadership," Eric Weber (Mississippi)
"Morality, Self-Respect, and the Priority of Liberty," J.P. Messina (Georgia State University)
"Apology and the False Dream of Integration," Lionel McPherson (Tufts University)
"The Tyranny of Freedom," Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
"When Justice Demands Inequality," John Thrasher (The University of Arizona)
"Civic Religion in a Free Society," Charles Griswold (Boston University)
"The Real Fiscal Cliff," Peter Schiff (Euro Pacific Capital)
"Selfishness, Selflessness, and Lives Worth Living," 
The Honorable Judge Jay C. Zainey

2011 - 2012

"Slavery and the Rule of Law in Colonial Virginia," 
David B. Lyons (Boston University)

"Autonomy and God's Commands, " John E. Hare (Yale University)
"Rousseau, Positive Freedom, and Party Government," Joseph R. Reisert (Colby College)
"The Extinction Crisis and the Limits of Human Freedom, " Elisabeth H. Ellis (Texas A&M)