Patrick Deneen Furman University

October 23, 2014, 5:00pm
Johns Hall 101

Patrick Deneen
"How I Became a Christian Scholar"

Patrick Deneen is David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. From 1995-1997, he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency. From 1997-2005, he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University. From 2005-2012, he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in the Fall 2012. His books include The Odyssey of Political Theory, Democratic Faith, Democracy's Literature, The Democratic Soul, and Redeeming Democracy in America.

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Ross Douthat Furman University

January 27, 2015, 5:00pm
Burgiss Theatre, Trone Student Center

Ross Douthat
"The Futures of Christianity in 21st Century America"

Ross Douthat is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, having taken that post in 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic. His most recent book is "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics." He is also the author of "Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class" and co-author, with Reihan Salam, of "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream." He is a film critic for National Review and has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, Slate, and other publications.

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John Scott Tocqueville Furman University

February 19, 2015, 5:00pm
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

John T. Scott
"God and Man in Rousseau"

John T. Scott is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of California at Davis.  He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago.  His primary research is in the history of political philosophy, with a specialization in early modern political thought. Most of his work in this area has focused on the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, although he has also published studies of Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Hume.  His articles have appeared in such leading venues as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of the History of Ideas, and History of Political Thought.  He is the author of The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding (with Robert Zartesky); the editor of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Critical Assessments; and translator of Tzvetan Todorov's Frail Happiness: An Essay on Rousseau (with Robert Zartesky), Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages and Writings Related to Music, and, most recently, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Major Political Writings.

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DANIEL J. MAHONEY Tocqueville Furman University

April 9, 2015, 5:00pm
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Daniel J. Mahoney
"Christianity and the Religion of Humanity"

Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor of Political Science at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. His areas of scholarly expertise include statesmanship, religion and politics, French political philosophy, and antitotalitarian thought. He currently serves as the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship.  He earned his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and his MA and PhD from Catholic University.  He is the author of books on Raymond Aron, Charles de Gaulle, Bertrand de Jouvenel, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and has edited or co-edited many books, including The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005, and Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order.. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in a wide range of public and scholarly journals in the United States as well as abroad. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Prix Raymond Aron, an award named after the distinguished French political thinker who renewed Tocqueville's conservative-minded liberalism and vigorously opposed totalitarianism in all is forms.

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