Current Lectures

In America and around the globe, the liberal political order that has dominated the world since the second world war has recently come under unprecedented challenges to its legitimacy. What weaknesses in the liberal order made these challenges possible? Is liberalism dying? How would it need to change in order to survive? For two years, the Tocqueville Program will consider the nature and history of liberalism and the challenges to it, with a view to helping us more soberly navigate the unsettled age that is dawning.

Meet the 2020-2021 lecturers

Upcoming Lectures (All Are Virtual)

23 Feb

Why Institutions Matter

Yuval Levin is director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  He also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy.  The founding and current editor of the journal National Affairs, he is also a senior editor of...

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30 Mar

MLK Jr., Liberalism and Richard Rorty’s Prediction

Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III is a Pentecostal minister, community activist, and renowned speaker. A former gang member, Reverend Rivers is recognized as one of the most effective crusaders against gang violence.  In 1984, he founded Azusa Christian Community in Boston’s inner-city Dorchester neighborhood.  As...

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22 Apr

Looking for Redemption in all the Wrong Places

Joshua Mitchell is Professor of Political Theory at Georgetown University. He served as Chairman of the Government Department and was Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr. Mitchell took a leave from Georgetown...

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Ginny and Sandy MacNeil, Beth and Ravenel Curry, The AWC Family Foundation, The Hipp Family, Mary and Bill Howes, Lynda Gilkeson, the Strada Education Network, and several other individual donors, alumni, parents, and philanthropic organizations are the sponsors of the Tocqueville Program. They support the Tocqueville Program in the belief that genuine liberal education encourages students to become more thoughtful citizens and more dignified human beings, and we are immensely grateful for their support.