Past Events

Past CLAFI Events: 2019-2020

Lecture: James Madison: The Founder of Modern Founding – Oct 24, 2019
Lecture: The Education of Winston Churchill – Nov 07, 2019
Play Reading: Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard – Nov 18, 2019
Lecture: Was Reconstruction a Lost Moment? Understanding the Connection between Union War Aims and Postwar Realities – Nov 21, 2019
Seminar: Abraham Lincoln, Union War Aims, and the Limits of Reconstruction – Nov 23, 2019

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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