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2008-2011 Archives

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Here, you can find Clough events prior to 2011. Browse events by academic year and event date. To access more current archives visit our main archive page.

Fall 2010

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Gabriel Schoenfeld, "Necessary Secrets: Leaks, National Security, and the Law," Thursday, September 16, 4:30 PM, McGuinn 121 [Constitution Day Lecture]

Gabriel Schoenfeld is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Resident Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. A former senior editor of Commentary magazine, and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he founded the research bulletin Post-Soviet Prospects, Schoenfeld has published numerous articles and reviews in leading newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, the Atlantic, the National Interest,and the New Republic. Schoenfeld is also the author of The Return of Anti-Semitism (Encounter, 2004). He has also appeared as a guest commentator on major broadcast and cable television networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and abroad on NHK (Japan) and CBC (Canada).

Watch Gabriel Schoenfeld's lecture here.


Workshop for Visiting Ukrainian Judges, Wednesday, September 29, 9 AM-4 PM [by invitation only].

The Clough Center, the Islamic Civilization and Society Program, and BC Law School, in conjunction with The Federal Judicial Center of the United States Courts, The United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, The United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, The Library of Congress's Open World Leadership Center, and  World Boston, will host a delegation of judges from the Ukraine.   Part of their itinerary will include lectures and discussions led by BC law professors George Brown, Ingrid Hillinger, Mary Bilder, and Vlad Perju, and political science professor Kay Lehman Schlozman.   


James Q. Wilson, “With the Unemployment Rate Over 10 Percent, Why Has the Crime Rate Not Gone Up?”  Thursday, October 7, Luncheon Seminar, RSVP required, 12 noon.  Room sent to participants.  Email to RSVP


Book Panel on Alison LaCroix’s The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard, 2010), Wednesday, October 27, 4:30 PM, McGuinn 121

Featuring Alison LaCroix, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago, R. Shep Melnick, O’Neill Professor of Political Science at Boston College, Steven Calabresi, George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law at Northwestern University, and Edward Purcell, Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law at New York Law School

Watch the discussion here.


David Kirp,“Bridging the Widest Achievement Gap: African-American Males and Equal Educational Opportunity” Thursday, November 18, Lunch Talk, 12 Noon, Large Conference Room, 10 Stone Ave, RSVP required.

David L. Kirp is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on education and social policy.   He has written widely on issues of gender, race, education, affirmative action, housing, AIDs, and other policy issues with an emphasis on the question of justice in practice, and the contours of community. He has written for many magazines and newspapers, including theNew York Times and the Nation, and regularly appears on radio and television, and advises and addresses policymakers at all levels of government.  Kirp is the author of The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics (Harvard, 2007), which won the 2007 Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in the Education (2007), Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education (Harvard, 2003), which received the “best book” award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (2005). 

Watch Professor Kirp's lecture here.


James Q. Wilson, "The Politics of Immigration Policy" Thursday, December 2, 2010.  Luncheon Seminar, 12 Noon.  RSVP required:  10 Stone Ave, large conference room.


Spring 2011 

Paul Solman, “The BC Dilemma: The Business Life and the Kingdom of Heaven: Does a Camel have an Easier Time with the Needle?" January 29 (Saturday Seminar), 10:00 AM, 10 Stone Avenue.  By invitation.

[Co-sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and The Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics]

A workshop for students, led by Paul Solman (PBS Newshour), in conversation with Chuck Clough (Clough Capital Partners), Thomas Massaro, S.J. (School of Theology and Ministry), Kenneth Himes, OFM (Theology), Harold Petersen (Economics), Laurie Shepard (Romance Languages), Robert Faulkner (Political Science), Jeff Chuang (Biology), and Susan Shell (Political Science).

Paul Solman is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning television journalist.  He has served as the business and economics correspondent for the PBS NewsHour since 1985. Solman began his career as the founding editor of the alternative Boston weekly The Real Paper (1972).  He began his work in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard Business School (1976), then moved on to a position as the business reporter for WGBH Boston, and then to the NewsHour.  Solman was co-originator and executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, ENTERPRISE.  He has written for many magazines, including Forbes and Mother Jones (where he was east coast editor), and is the author of Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield (1983), which appeared in Japanese, German, Chinese.  Solman has taught classes on business and economics at Harvard Business School, Yale, and other universities.


Pauline Maier "James Madison Reconsidered: The Significance of the Ratification Debates of 1787-88 for Interpreting the Constitution," based on her new book (Simon and Schuster, 2010), Wednesday, February 9, 4:30 PM, Law School East Wing Room 200.
[Co-sponsored by BC Law School Legal History Roundtable]

Pauline Maier is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at MIT, and one the nation’s premiere historians of the American Revolution. She is the author of many scholarly articles, and From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776 (1972), The Old Revolutionaries: Political Lives in the Age of Samuel Adams (1980), and American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1997).  American Scripture was on the New York Times Book Review editors "Choice" list of the best 11 books of 1997 and a finalist in General Nonfiction for the National Book Critics' Circle Award. 

Watch Pauline's lecture via FrontRow.


Roundtable Discussion: “Is Partisanship a Bad Thing?” with Nancy Rosenblum, Russell Muirhead, and R. Shep Melnick, Wednesday, March 2, 4:30 pm, Yawkey Center, Murray Function Room (426).

Nancy Rosenblum is Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government, and Chair of the Department of Government at Harvard University.  The current president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, Rosenblum is one of the country’s leading scholars of the history modern political thought, contemporary political theory, and constitutionalism. She his the author of many articles and books, including, Bentham’s Theory of the Modern State (Harvard, 1978), Another Liberalism: Romanticism and the Reconstruction of Liberal Thought (Harvard, 1987), Membership and Morals:  The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America (Princeton, 2000), which won the David Easton Prize from the American Political Science Association, and, most recently, of On the Side of the Angels: In Praise of Parties and Partisanship (Princeton, 2008).

Russell Muirhead is Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics, Dartmouth College.  An expert on political thought and theory, and American political thought, Muirhead is the author of numerous articles and of Just Work (Harvard, 2004), and is currently writing a book entitled A Defense of Party Spirit.

R. Shep Melnick is the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College. He teaches a variety of courses on American politics, including Democracy in America (the centerpiece of which is a careful reading of Tocqueville’s book by the same name), Courts and Public Policy, Ideas and Institutions in American Politics, Bureaucracy, Rights in Conflict, and the American politics graduate field seminar. His research and writing focuses on the intersection of law and politics. His first book, Regulation and the Courts (Brookings Institution, 1983), examined judicial influence on the development of environmental policy. His second, Between the Lines (Brookings Institution, 1994), investigated the ways in which statutory interpretation has shaped a variety of entitlement programs. His current research project looks at how the Rehnquist Court is reshaping our governing institutions. Melnick is co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government and a past president of the New England Political Science Department. Before coming to Boston College in 1997 he had taught at Harvard University and served as chair of the Political Science Department at Brandeis University.

Watch the discussion via FrontRow.


Keith Whittington, "Originalism 2.0," Thursday, March 17, 12:15 PM, East Wing, 115 A, BC Law School [lunch provided]Co-sponsored with the BC Law School Federalist Society

Keith E. Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton, 2007), Constitutional Construction: Divided Powers and Constitutional Meaning (Harvard, 1999), and Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review (Kansas, 1999).  He is also the editor of Congress and the Constitution (Duke, 2005) (with Neal Devins), and of The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford, 2008) (with R. Daniel Kelemen and Gregory A. Caldeira).  Whittington was the recipient of the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in law and courts, and the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history.  He has published widely on American constitutional theory and development, federalism, judicial politics, and the presidency.


Margot Canaday, "The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America," Tuesday, April 5, 4:30 PM, Fulton 115

Margot Canaday is an Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University.  Her book The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (Princeton, 2009) examines military, immigration, and welfare policy to ask how, in the early-to-mid twentieth century, homosexuality came to be a meaningful category for the federal government. The Straight State is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies (2010), the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians (2010), and the Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association.  


Screening of Frederick Wiseman’s film State Legislature (2006), with a discussion led by the filmmaker,  Saturday, April 16, Time/Room TBA (co-sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts and the Departments of Fine Arts and Film Studies)

Frederick Wiseman is one the world’s most esteemed documentary filmmakers. The recipient of both the Guggenheim and the MacArthur “Genius” fellowships, Wiseman’s films, which explore the nature of institutions, have been the subject of retrospectives around the world, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Swedish Film Institute and Cinematheque in Stockholm, the Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporareo in Mexico City, and the Cineteca Nazionale, Rome, Danske Filmskole in Copenhagen.  The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) presented a year-long retrospective of his work in 2010.   In addition to State Legislature, his films include Titicut Follies (1967); High School (1968); Hospital (1969); Basic Training (1971); Juvenile Court (1973); Racetrack (1985); Public Housing (1997), and many others. His most recent films are La Danse – Le Ballet de L’Opera de Paris (2009), and Boxing Gym (2010).


James Q. Wilson luncheon talk, Should Enemy Combatants Be Given a Miranda Warning?",  Tuesday, April 19th, Noon, [lunch provided, RSVP required] 10 Stone Ave.


Bradley Hays, “What Do States Have to Do with It? The Role of States in American Constitutional Politics," Tuesday, May 3rd, Noon [lunch provided, RSVP required], 10 Stone Ave. 

FALL 2009

jump to: Spring 2010

James W. Ely Jr., “What Ever Happened to the Contract Clause?” Wednesday, September 30, 4:30 p.m., Gasson 305. Open to the public.

Luncheon Seminar, co-sponsored by the Federalist Society, "Eminent Domain Reform After Kelo," with James W. Ely, Thursday, October 1, 12:30 p.m. (by invitation)

James W. Ely, Jr. is the Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law erso Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Ely is the author of numerous articles and many books, including The Bill of Rights in Modern America (Indiana University Press, 2nd ed. 2008) (with David Bodenhamer), The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 2005)(with Kermit L. Hall, Joel B. Grossman, and William M. Wiecek), The Oxford Companion to American Law (Oxford University Press, 2002)(with Kermit Hall, David S. Clark, Joel B. Grossman, and N.E.H. Hull),  The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. 2008), and The Chief Justiceship of Melville W. Fuller, 1888-1910 (University of South Carolina Press, 1995). From 1987-1999, he was editor of the American Journal of Legal History.


Marc F.  Plattner, “Pluralism, Populism, and Liberal Democracy,” Thursday, October 22, 4:30 p.m., McGuinn 121. Open to the public. 

Luncheon seminar with Marc Plattner, Friday, October 23, 12-1:45 p.m., McElroy Conference Room. (by invitation)

Marc F. Plattner is the editor of the Journal of Democracy, a quarterly publication that addresses the problems and prospects of democracy around the world. He is currently director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and vice-president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he served as director of program from 1984 to 1989. Plattner is the author of many articles and books, including How People View Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)(with Larry Diamond), Democracy Without Borders? Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), Electoral Systems and Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)(with Larry Diamond), World Religions and Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005)(with Larry Diamond and Philip Costopoulos), and Human Rights in Our Time (Westview Press, 1984).


Aurelian Craiutu, Harvey Mansfield, Cheryl Welch, and R. Shep Melnick: Book roundtable discussing Craiutu’s Tocqueville's Views on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2009)(with Jeremy Jennings), November 9, 4:30 p.m., Heights Room (Corcoran Commons). Open to the public.

Luncheon seminar with Aurelian Craiutu and Vlad Perju on ongoing revisions to the Romanian Constitution, Monday, November 9, 12-1:45 p.m., McGuinn 521. Craiutu is chair of the Commission revising the Romanian Constitution, and Perju serves on that Commission. RSVP Required. 

Aurelian Craiutu  is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and an affiliate scholar at the University’s Russian and East European Institute, The WEST European Studies Institute, and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. In 2008-2009, he was a Member of School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2008-2009). Professor Craiutu's research interests include French political and social thought (Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Constant, Madame de Staël, Guizot, Raymond Aron), varieties of liberalism and conservatism, democratic theory as well as theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe.  He is the editor of two new volumes on Alexis de Tocqueville, Tocqueville's Views on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2009)(with Jeremy Jennings) and Conversations with Tocqueville (Lexington Books, 2009)(with Sheldon Gellar).  He is also the editor of America through European Eyes (Penn State University Press, 2009) (with Jeffrey C. Isaac) exploring not only Tocqueville’s take on 18th century America, but also the works of lesser-known French and British thinkers.

Cheryl Welch is visiting professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the Government Department at Harvard University. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of the history of political thought, the philosophy of the social sciences, liberal and democratic theory, constitutional jurisprudence, and human rights. She is the author of Liberty and Utility: The French Ideologues and the Transformation of Liberalism (Columbia University Press, 1984), Critical Issues in Social Theory (Academic Press, 1989)(with M. Milgate), De Tocqueville (Oxford University Press, 2001), and numerous articles in journals and collective volumes. She is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr.  is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he studies and teaches political philosophy. He is the author of numerous books, covering topics of political philosophy from Burke to Machiavelli. With his late wife Delba Winthrop, he is the translator of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (University of Chicago, 1996) and author of Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007). Professor Mansfield was chairman of the Harvard University Government Department from 1973-1977, has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. He has won the Joseph R. Levenson award for his teaching at Harvard, received the Sidney Hook Memorial award from the National Association of Scholars, and, in 2004, the National Humanities Medal was bestowed on him at the White House by the president of the United States.

R. Shep Melnick is the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics at Boston College. He teaches a variety of courses on American politics, including Democracy in America (the centerpiece of which is a careful reading of Tocqueville’s book by the same name), Courts and Public Policy, Ideas and Institutions in American Politics, Bureaucracy, Rights in Conflict, and the American politics graduate field seminar. His research and writing focuses on the intersection of law and politics. His first book, Regulation and the Courts (Brookings Institution Press, 1983), examined judicial influence on the development of environmental policy. His second, Between the Lines (Brookings Institution Press, 1994), investigated the ways in which statutory interpretation has shaped a variety of entitlement programs. His current research project looks at how the Rehnquist Court is reshaping our governing institutions. Melnick is co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government and a past president of the New England Political Science Department. Before coming to Boston College in 1997 he had taught at Harvard University and served as chair of the Political Science Department at Brandeis University.

Vlad Perju is assistant professor of Law at Boston College Law School. The author of several articles, Perju specializes in comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, global constitutionalism, and social and political philosophy. In 2008, he was appointed by the president of Romania to a commission (chaired by Aurelian Craiutu) to analyze Romania’s current constitutional regime, and study possible constitutional reforms.  


Danièle Hervieu-Léger,  "Secularization and Contemporary Religious Renewal in Europe," Monday, November 16, 2009, 12-1:30 p.m., McGuinn 3rd floor lounge.  RSVP Required.  RSVP to

Danièle Hervieu-Léger is the director of studies at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is the former head of France’s Centre National de la Récherche Scientifique, and, from 1993-2004, was director of the French center for interdisciplinary studies on religions and the editor in chief of the international journal, Archives de Sciènces Sociales des Réligions. An eminent scholar of the sociology of religions, Hervieu-Léger has devoted a significant part of her research to the theoretical interpretation of religion’s modern manifestations, including secularization, individualization of belief, forms of religiosity and of communalization and institutional transformations. Her studies have also concentrated on modernity’s transmission, conversion and formation of religious identities. Her most recent works concentrate on the process of dislocation and the remodeling of the Christian cultural matrix of European societies. Hervieu-Léger has been awarded the decoration of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) for her academic achievement. Danièle Hervieu-Léger has published over two hundred articles and sixteen books that have been translated into several languages, including the following works in French, with a literal translation of each title provided: La religion en miettes ou la question des sectes (Religion’s Break-up, or the Question of Sects) (Calmann-Lévy, 2001), Sociologies et religion, Approches classiques (Sociologies and Religion, Classic Approaches) (University Press in France, 2001), and Catholicisme, La fin d'un monde (Catholicism, the End of a World) (Bayard, 2003), Religion as a Chain of Memory (Rutgers University Press, 2000).


Allan C. Hutchinson, "Tensions Between Democracy and Constitutionalism." Luncheon Seminar, Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:00.  Barat House, First Floor (Boston College Law School)

A member of the Osgoode Hall Law School faculty since 1982, Professor Hutchinson is one of Canada’s most prominent legal theorists. As well as publishing in most of the common-law world's leading law journals, he has written or edited many books. Much of his work has been devoted to examining the failure of law to live up to its democratic promise. His latest publications are: Evolution and the Common Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and The Companies We Keep: Corporate Governance for a Democratic Society (Irwin Law, 2006). He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and named a Distinguished Research Professor by York University in 2006. In 2007, he received the University-wide Teaching Award and was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.


Spring 2010

Jean-Louis Bruguière, “Transatlantic Cooperation to Fight Against Terror,” Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 4:30 pm.  The Heights Room (Corcoran Commons), Boston College.  Reception to Follow.

Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière is one of France’s foremost counter-terrorism officials. He is at the forefront of the formulation and prosecution of global counter-terrorism measures, particularly as they relate to joint French-U.S. initiatives. For more than 20 years, Bruguière has headed the Counter-terrorism Unit of the Paris District Court. In that capacity, he has investigated hundreds of suspected terrorists, including the notorious “Carlos the Jackal” (1994). Bruguière is credited with helping foil terrorist plots against the World Cup in 1998 and Strasbourg Cathedral in 2000. He tried to warn the United States of the threat al Qaeda posed prior to September 11. His counter-terrorism methods have sometimes provoked controversy, including his liberal use of search warrants and wiretaps. He is popularly known in France as “le Sheriff.”


James Q. Wilson, "How Do We Know Whether the Stimulus is Working?" Monday, February 8, 2010, 12:00 to 1:45 pm, McGuinn Third Floor Lounge

The Political Science Department and Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy invite you to a luncheon talk on "How Do We Know Whether the Stimulus is Working?" by Dr. James Q. Wilson.

RSVPs ARE REQUIRED. Please kindly send your RSVP to by noon on Thursday, February 4, 2010.


Kristi Andersen, “Incorporating Immigrants into American Civic and Political Life." Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 4:30 pm.  McGuinn 3rd Floor Lounge.

Kristi Andersen is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor and Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. She is an expert on women and politics, political parties, and American political history. Her recent research, which is sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation, focuses on how political parties and other civic organizations incorporate immigrants into American political life. Andersen’s other publications focus on various aspects of the gender gap, civic participation, the prospects for electing more women to Congress, and the changing meanings of U.S. elections. Her book After Suffrage: Women in Partisan and Electoral Politics Before the New Deal (University of Chicago Press, 1996) won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for the best book published on women and politics.  Her earlier book, The Creation of a Democratic Majority, 1928-1936 (University of Chicago Press, 1979) has been influential in shaping our thinking about the significance and the scope of the New Deal realignment.


Bernard Bailyn, “How Historians Get it Wrong:  The American Constitution, for Example,” March 9, 2010, 4:45 pm.  Fulton 511.

Bernard Bailyn is the Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, emeritus, at Harvard University. He also serves as a senior fellow in the Society of Fellows and is the director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World. His historical work centers on early American history, the American Revolution, and the Anglo-American world in the pre-industrial era. From 1962-1970, he served as editor-in-chief of the John Harvard Library. From 1967-1977, and 1984-1986, he was editor of the journal Perspectives in American History.  Bailyn was director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History from 1983 to 1994. Bernard Bailyn is the author many books, including The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1967), which won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Bancroft Prize (1968), The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1974), which won the National Book Award in History (1975), and Voyagers to the West (Knopf, 1986), which won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Saloutos Award of the Immigration History Society, and distinguished book awards from the Society of Colonial Wars and the Society of the Cincinnati. He is the editor of numerous volumes including Pamphlets of the American Revolution (Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1965), the first volume of which was awarded the Faculty Prize of the Harvard University Press. He holds numerous honorary degrees, he received the Thomas Jefferson Medal, the Henry Allen Moe Prize of the American Philosophical Society, the medal of the Foreign Policy Association for his work on the International Seminar on Atlantic History, the Bruce Catton Prize of the Society of American Historians for lifetime achievement in the writing of history, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in 2004 the Kennedy Medal of the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 1998, he delivered the first Millennium Lecture at the White House, attended by the President and the First Lady of the United States.


James Q. Wilson, "Thinking about Political Polarization" Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 12-1:45 pm, McGuinn 3rd Floor Lounge.  RSVP required, email by Monday, March 15th. 


Michael Gerhardt, “The Constitutional Significance of Forgotten U.S. Presidents.” March 18, 2010, 4:30 pm, Higgins 300;

Luncheon seminar on Gerhardt’s experience advising Senator Patrick Leahy on the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination, March 19, 2010, noon (by invitation).  RSVP to (To be held on the campus of the Boston College Law School, room TBD).

Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law and the director of the Center for Law and Government at the University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books, including The Power of Precedent (Oxford University Press, 2008), and the second editions of The Federal Appointments Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (Duke University Press, 2003), and The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (University of Chicago Press, 2000). Professor Gerhardt is currently working on a book, titled The Constitutional Significance of the Forgotten Presidents, to be published by Yale University Press. He recently served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee for the hearings concerning the appointment of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Gerhardt has a long history of providing expert advice to both Congress and the media on such topics as the impeachment of President Clinton, the constitutionality of the Senate filibuster, and the Alito Supreme Court nomination.


Conference, Spring 2010

"Obama and Executive Power: The Case of National Security" April 9, 2010, the Heights Room (Corcoran Commons), Boston College.

View discussions from the Clough Center's Spring 2010 Conference "Obama, National Security, and Executive Power":

(video via FrontRow) 
Conference directors:

George Brown, Robert Drinan, S.J., Professor of Law, Boston College
Marc Landy, professor of political science, Boston College

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Opening Address: Address by Dr. James Q. Wilson
By invitation only

Friday, April 9, 2010
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College, Chestnut Hill campus

Welcoming remarks by Ken Kersch, director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and associate professor of political science, history, and law, Boston College 

Obama and Executive Power
Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University Law School
Hugh Heclo, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, George Mason University 
Marc Landy, professor of political science, Boston College
Mara Liasson, national political correspondent, National Public Radio
Commentator: Richard Albert, assistant professor, Boston College Law School 

Address by Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, and author of Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror(2008).

Controversies Facing the Obama Administration
Philip Heymann, James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Daniel Kanstroom, director of the Human Rights Program and professor of law, Boston College Law School 
Orin Kerr, professor of law, The George Washington University Law School
Mary-Rose Papandrea, associate professor of law, Boston College Law School

Lessons Learned
George Brown, Robert Drinan, S.J., professor of law, Boston College Law School 
Timothy Crawford, associate professor of political science, Boston College
Gabriella Blum, assistant professor of law, Harvard Law School

Anti-Terrorism in a Globalized World 
Nicholas Burns '78, LLD '02, Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University



Junior Fellows Conference

Georgetown University, Spring 2010

Sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University and the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, with the participation of the Clough Center Junior Fellows Program.



FALL 2008

jump to: Spring 2009

John Uhr, "Ten Things Worth Knowing about Australia: A Field Guide for Political Scientists." McElroy Conference Room, Friday, September 5, 12 p.m. 

John Uhr is a professor of public policy at the Australian National University (ANU), director of the Policy and Governance Program in the ANU's Crawford School of Economics and Government and the founding director of the ANU's new Parliamentary Studies Centre. He is the author of Deliberative Democracy in Australia: The Changing Place of Parliament (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Terms of Trust: Arguments Over Ethics in Australian Government (University of New South Wales Press, 2005)

James R. Stoner, Jr., "Science and the Humanities at the Founding and Today"
Fulton 511, Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.

Prof. James R. Stoner Jr. is a professor of political science at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (University Press of Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (University Press of Kansas, 2003). He served from 2002 to 2006 on the National Council on the Humanities.

Sidney M. Milkis, "Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the 'Critical' Election of 1912." McElroy Conference Room, September 30, 2008,  5 p.m.

Sidney Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor of the Department of Politics and assistant director for academic programs at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include The President and the Parties: The Transformation of the American Party System Since the New Deal (Oxford University Press, 1993, 1999); Presidential Greatness (University Press of Kansas, 2000), coauthored with Marc Landy; and The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2007 (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2007), 5th edition, coauthored with Michael Nelson. He is the co-editor, with Jerome Mileur, of three volumes on twentieth century political reform: Progressivism and the New Democracy (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999); The New Deal and the Triumph of Liberalism (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002); and The Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005).


Pietro Nivola and William Galston, "Red and Blue Nation: Partisanship and the 2008 Election."  McGuinn Fifth Floor Lounge, Tuesday,  October 21, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Nivola and Galston are both senior fellows at the Brookings Institution. Galston was a senior policy advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Robert Kagan, "The Selective Greening of American Business: The Role of Social Norms, Politics, and the Law." Fulton 135, October 23, 4:30 p.m.

Professor Kagan is the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law and a Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. He is among the most distinguished scholars of regulation, environmental law, comparative law and the relationship between business and society. He served for more than a decade as director of the Berkeley Center on Law and Society. Among his recent publications are Shades of Green: Business, Regulation and Environment (with Neil Gunningham and Dorothy Thornton) (Stanford University Press, 2003); Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law (Harvard University Press, 2001); Regulatory Encounters: Multinational Corporations and American Adversarial Legalism (co-edited with Lee Axelrad) (University of California Press, 2000); Going by the Book: The Problem of Regulatory Unreasonableness (with Eugene Bardach) (Temple University Press, 2002); Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (co-edited with Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston) (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002); "Constitutional Litigation in the United States" in Constitutional Courts in Comparison (2002); "The Politics of Tobacco Regulation in the United States" in Regulating Tobacco (with William Nelson) (2001).



Mary Dudziak, “Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey,” McGuinn Third Floor Lounge, Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Mary L. Dudziak is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California. In 2008-09, she is an affiliated scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, and a distinguished visitor at the University of Maryland Law School. Prof. Dudziak is the author of Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008); Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2000); editor of September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003); and co-editor (with Leti Volpp) of Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders, a special issue of American Quarterly (September 2005), reissued by Johns Hopkins University Press in March 2006.


John Agresto, "Is Democracy a Universal Value: What Have We Learned from Iraq?" Fulton 511, Thursday, February 12, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

John Agresto is currently a visiting fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and chairman of the Academic Committee, The Board of Regents and Trustees at The American University in Iraq in Sulaimani. From August 2003 until June 2004 he served as a Coalition Provisional Authority senior advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad. His book on the situation in Iraq, Mugged by Reality – The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions, was published by Encounter Books in 2007.  Before going to Iraq, Dr. Agresto was president of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 10 years. In the 1980s, Agresto was the assistant, deputy, and acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.


Julie Novkov, “Law, State-Building, and Interracial Intimacy in Jim Crow America,” McGuinn Third Floor Lounge, Tuesday, March 24, 4:30 p.m.

Julie Novkov is associate professor of political science and women's studies at SUNY Albany.  She is the author of Constituting Workers, Protecting Women: Gender, Law, and Labor in the Progressive Era and the New Deal Years (University of Michigan Press, 2001),  Racial Union: Law, Intimacy, and the White State in Alabama, 1865-1954 (University of Michigan Press, 2008), and has co-edited two volumes collectively titled  Race and American Political Development (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).


Conference on “Law and Religion: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives,” at Princeton University, Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College will co-sponsor this event in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Religion, The Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought, and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and the Center on Religion and the Constitution of the Witherspoon Institute.
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James Q. Wilson, "If Science Manages to Explain Human Behavior, What Happens to Free Will?" McGuinn Auditorium, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

James Q. Wilson is the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. From 1961 to 1987, he taught political science at Harvard University, where he was the Shattuck Professor of Government. He was the James Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA from 1985 until 1997. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books, the most recent of which are The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families (Harper Collins, 2002), Moral Judgment (Basic Books, 1997), and The Moral Sense (Free Press, 1993). His other books include American Government (Houghton-Mifflin, 2006), Bureaucracy (Basic Books, 1989), Thinking About Crime (Vintage Books, 1985), Varieties of Police Behavior (Harvard University Press, 1978), Political Organizations (Princeton University Press, 1995), and Crime and Human Nature (with Richard J. Herrnstein) (Simon and Schuster, 1985).



Videos and radio interviews from the 2008-2009 academic year

Is democracy a universal value? What have we learned from Iraq?
John T. Agresto, visiting fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, discusses his recent experiences in Iraq.


Kagan PhotoThe selective greening of American business: The role of social norms, politics, and law

Robert Kagan, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses governmental regulation.


Nevada Public RadioKersch on the Constitution
Ken Kersch, director of the Clough Center and an associate professor of political science, history, and law at Boston College, talks to Nevada Public Radio about the origins of conservative thinking about the U.S. Constitution.


The Constitution as a Living Culture
Ken Kersch, director of the Clough Center and an associate professor of political science, history, and law at Boston College, discusses the difference between the constitution as a text and the constitution as a living culture. (Interview begins at the program's 32nd minute.)