James Madison Lecture

The annual James Madison Lecture is held each July and brings outstanding scholars of the American Constitution to Washington, DC, to address the Summer Institute participants. The Symposium is also the annual alumnae gathering for all James Madison Fellows, and the event is open to the public. A reception follows the presentation.

2016 Symposium YouTube Video

2016: George Washington: First Entrepreneur

Dr. Edward G. Lengel
Professor and Director of the Center for Digital Editing
University of Virginia






2015 Symposium YouTube Video

2015: Magna Carta: Its Legacy in American Constitutionalism

Dr. A. E. Howard
White Burkett Miller
Professor of Law and Public Affairs
University of Virginia



 Symposium YouTube Video

2014: The Founding Fathers Reconsidered

R.B. Bernstein
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
New York Law School




2013 Ghosts in the Machinery: Women and the United States Constitution

Dr. Catherine Allgor
Director of Education
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens



2012 James Madison: Republican Revolutionary

Dr. Stuart Leibiger
Associate Professor of History
La Salle University

2011 Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787–1788

Dr. Pauline Maier*
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010 The Ladies of Liberty

Cokie Roberts
Journalist and Author
Washington, DC

2009 Was James Madison Really the Founding Father of the CIA?

Dr. John C.A. Stagg*
Professor of History
University of Virginia

2008 Freedom of Speech and the Press in the Information Age

(co-sponsored by McCormick Freedom Museum)

Victoria Clark
Senior Advisor, Government Affairs
Comcast Corporation

Todd Gaziano
Director for Legal and Judicial Studies
Heritage Foundation

Dr. Jane Hall
Associate Professor of Journalism
American University

Brian Lamb
CEO, C-Span Networks

Dr. Thomas Mann
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies
Brookings Institution

Steve Rendall
Senior Analyst
Fair and Accuracy in Reporting

2007 The Global Voyage of American Constitutionalism

A. E. Dick Howard*
White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs
University of Virginia School of Law

2006 The Lost Opportunity: The Failure to Free Slaves During the American Revolutionary Era

Dr. John Kaminski
Center for the Study of the American Constitution
University of Wisconsin

2005 The Gift Outright: Repaying the Legacy of the American Founding

Dr. Colleen Sheehan
Professor of Political Science
Villanova University

2004 A Jefferson for the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Jean Yarbrough
Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Science
Bowdoin College

2003 2003: What Would Madison Say

Dr. Ralph L. Ketcham
Professor of History, emeritus
Syracuse University

2002 Patriotism and Multiculturalism: Teaching American History in Wartime

Dr. Robert Stevens
Associate Director of College of Education
Georgia Southern University

Dr. David Warren Saxe
Associate Professor of Education
Pennsylvania State University

2001 Reading Madison’s Mind

Dr. Jack Rakove
Professor of History
Stanford University

Dr. Rosemary Zagarri
Professor of History
George Mason University

2000 Presidential Politics and Judicial Independence

Dr. Mark Tushnet
William Nelson Crowell Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Dr. Richard E. Morgan
William Nelson Crowell Professor of Law
Bowdoin College

1999 Gender and the Constitution

Linda Chavez
Chairman
Center for Equal Opportunity

Anita Blair
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, USAF (Ret)
President of Board of Directors
Women in Military Service Foundation

1998 Religion and the Constitution

Dr. Michael Uhlmann
Professor of Government
Claremont-McKenna College

Dr. Daniel F. Martensen
Director of Department for Ecumenical Affairs
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

1997 Race, Slavery, and the Constitution

Dr. Ronald Waters
Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. William B. Allen
Professor of Political Philosophy, emeritus
Michigan State University

1996 Madison, Jefferson, and American Constitutionalism

Dr. Drew McCoy*
Jacob and Frances Hiatt Professor of History
Clark University

David Mayer
Professor of Law and History
Capital University Law School


*Current or former Foundation Board Member