CLAFI Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming CLAFI Events

Date/Time Event
Oct 24, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lecture: James Madison: The Founder of Modern Founding
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Nov 07, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lecture: The Education of Winston Churchill
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Nov 18, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Play Reading: Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Nov 21, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lecture: Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment? Understanding the Connection between Union War Aims and Postwar Realities
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA
Nov 23, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seminar: Abraham Lincoln, Union War Aims, and the Limits of Reconstruction
UCLA Law School, Room TBD, Los Angeles CA

Student Events

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Lecture Videos

CLAFI Lecture Videos

Missed a lecture? Wish you could go back and listen to a lecture again? Not a problem. CLAFI is now posting videos of past lectures, so you can attend any lectures that you missed, and revisit any lectures that you enjoyed.

Paul O’Reilly’s Does Religious Faith Delude Reason?

Allen Guelzo’s Why the Battle of Gettysburg Matters

Robert Alter’s The Challenge of Translating the Bible (January 8, 2015)

Joan Waugh’s When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend (April 9, 2015)

Wanda Corn’s The Three Lives of Grant Wood’s American Gothic (November 3, 2016)

Barry Shain’s The Tragic American Revolution and the Accidental Republic (November 17, 2016)

Andy Robinson’s Putting it Together: From Stage to Audience (December 1, 2016)

Allen Guelzo’s Reconstruction: The Last Bourgeois Revolution (January 12, 2017)

Calendar of Events

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Past Events

 Past CLAFI Events: 2013-2014

Seminar: Jerry Muller Jan 03, 2014

Dramatic Play Reading: All My Sons, by Arthur Miller Feb 03, 2014

Lecture: Shakespeare through an Actor's Microscope by Richard Fancy Feb 06, 2014

Seminar: All My Sons, a play by Arthur Miller Feb 08, 2014

Lecture: Thank God for Greed: on the Use, Abuse, and Limits of Self-Interest Feb 27, 2014

Seminar: Jerry Muller; Selected Readings by Adam Smith Mar 01, 2014

Lecture: Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History Mar 13, 2014

Seminar: Lincoln's Code and the Laws of War Mar 15, 2014

Lecture: "Why Do Business Schools Exist? Democracy, Political Economy, and the Nineteenth Century Origins of Today's Business Schools," by Peter McNamara May 15, 2014

Seminar: Selections from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America with Peter McNamara May 17, 2014

 Past CLAFI Events: 2014-2015

Consitution Day Dinner 2014 Oct 02, 2014

Play Reading: Oedipus the King, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 13, 2014

Lecture: A War for Union: Motivation and Meaning in the Civil War North Oct 16, 2014

Seminar on Lincoln's Presidential Writings with Gary Gallagher Oct 18, 2014

The Actor's Craft: Humor and Poetry in David Mamet's American Buffalo Nov 13, 2014

Seminar on Shakespear's Twelfth Night, with Paul O'Connor Nov 15, 2014

Lecture: "A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy," by Joel Mokyr Dec 04, 2014

Seminar: Cultural Evolution and Economic Growth with Joel Mokyr Dec 06, 2014

"The Challenge of Translating the Bible" lecture and seminar Jan 08, 2015

Lecture: "Spontaneous Disorder in Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments," by John Scott Jan 22, 2015

Lecture: How to Make (and Keep) a Republic: Selections from Machiavelli, Locke, The Federalist, and Lincoln," by Stephen Elkin Feb 21, 2015

Lecture: "The Founders and the Idea of a National University," by George Thomas Feb 26, 2015

The Browning Version Mar 30, 2015

"When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend": U.S. Grant and the Surrender at Appomattox Apr 09, 2015

Churchill and the Dardanelles Apr 23, 2015

Conference: Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of Market Society May 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015

The New Natural Law with Michael Skiles May 21, 2015

 Past CLAFI Events: 2015-2016

Lecture: "Robinson Crusoe and the Enlightenment Spirit of Capitalism," by Paul Cantor Oct 08, 2015

Seminar: "The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s View of the Commercial Republic," with Paul Cantor Oct 10, 2015

Play Reading: Sophocles' Antigone, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 19, 2015

Play Reading: Jean Anouilh's Antigone, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 26, 2015

Lecture: “On Changing False Beliefs: Three Cases from Experimental Economics,” by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith Nov 12, 2015

Seminar: "Aspects of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments," with Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith Nov 14, 2015

Lecture: “Law, Rigor, and Personal Responsibility in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Sophocles’ Antigone,” by Fred Sanders Dec 03, 2015

Seminar with Actor Fred Sanders Dec 05, 2015

 Past CLAFI Events: 2016-2017

Lecture: "The Three Lives of Grant Wood’s American Gothic," by Wanda Corn Nov 03, 2016

Seminar with Wanda Corn Nov 05, 2016

Play Reading: Molière's The Misanthrope, performed by InterAct Theater Company Nov 07, 2016

Lecture: "The Tragic American Revolution and the Accidental Republic," by Barry Shain Nov 17, 2016

Seminar: "Monarchy, Republicanism, and the American Revolution," with Barry Shain Nov 19, 2016

Lecture: Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" by Andy Robinson Dec 01, 2016

Seminar with Andy Robinson Dec 03, 2016

Lecture: “Reconstruction: The Last Bourgeois Revolution," by Allen Guelzo Jan 12, 2017

Seminar with Allen Guelzo Jan 14, 2017

Lecture: “Reading the American Road Trip," by Susan McWilliams Feb 02, 2017

Seminar: "Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road" with Susan McWilliams Feb 04, 2017

Lecture: "Russian Lessons from 1917: Novelists and the Intelligentsia," by Gary Saul Morson Mar 16, 2017

Seminar: THREE STORIES BY CHEKHOV, “Enemies,” “Happiness,” and “The Student,” with Gary Saul Morson Mar 18, 2017

Lecture: "Washington Schlepped Here: How George Washington Admitted an Error and Won the Revolutionary War," by Woody Holton Apr 13, 2017

Seminar: Letters of Abigail Adams, with Woody Holton Apr 15, 2017

Play Reading: Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing, performed by InterAct Theatre Company Apr 24, 2017

 Past CLAFI Events: 2017-2018

Play Reading: Euripides' Hippolytus, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 16, 2017

Lecture: Churchill, America, and the Great War Oct 19, 2017

Seminar: Why Did the United States Enter the War in 1917? Oct 21, 2017

Play Reading: Jean Racine's Phedre, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 23, 2017

Lecture: Is Ours a Godless Age? Nov 02, 2017

Seminar: Max Weber, "Science as a Vocation" Nov 04, 2017

Lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the Daughters of Dred Scott Nov 16, 2017

Seminar: Frederick Douglass, "Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln" Nov 18, 2017

Lecture: Travel as Transformation: The Grand Tour Feb 01, 2018

Seminar: The Enlightened Traveler: Goethe in Italy Feb 03, 2018

Lecture: Dissenting Voices from 1776: Why Islanders, Loyalists, Africans, and Indians Rejected the American Revolution Feb 22, 2018

Seminar: The Declaration of Independence and Its Loyalist Critics Feb 24, 2018

Lecture: Finding Shylock: Love and Mercy in "The Merchant of Venice" Apr 12, 2018

Seminar: Adam Posner, "The Chosen," Adapted for the Stage from the Novel by Chaim Potok Apr 14, 2018

Play Reading: Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, performed by InterAct Theater Company Apr 16, 2018

Past CLAFI Events: 2018-2019

Lecture: Hamlet and the Spirit of Revenge Oct 18, 2018

Seminar: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Oct 20, 2018

Play Reading: George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple Oct 22, 2018

Lecture: "Let Us Have Peace": U.S. Grant, Union, and Civil Rights in the Election of 1868 Nov 01, 2018

Lecture: Homer, Educator of the Greeks (and Us) Nov 29, 2018

Seminar: Plato, The Republic (Excerpts) Dec 01, 2018

Lecture: Jane Austen, Aristotle, and the Perfect Plot Feb 07, 2019

Seminar: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia Feb 09, 2019

Play Reading: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia Feb 11, 2019

Lecture: Will the Real Wolfgang Mozart Please Stand Up? Feb 21, 2019

Seminar: Mozart's Don Giovanni Feb 23, 2019

Lecture: "Aye, Too Gentle!": Re-Examining the Motives for Evil in Othello Apr 04, 2019

Seminar: Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One Apr 06, 2019

Lecture: Globalism and the Crisis of Inheritance Apr 25, 2019

Seminar: Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Excerpts) Apr 27, 2019

Lecture: Law and Mercy in The Merchant of Venice May 16, 2019

Seminar: William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure May 18, 2019

Past CLAFI Events: 2019-2020

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