Political Theory Project Events

Kevin Sabet and Aaron Houston
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 4:30pm

Last November, Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives to become the first states to legalize the sale and cultivation of marijuana for adults. Should other states follow their lead? Join the Janus Forum and Brown Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) to watch Kevin Sabet, dubbed...

Collaboration with Brown Political Forum
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 8:00pm

The Brown Political Forum (BPF) and Janus are teaming up to share Brown students' voices on genetic engineering in anticipation of the Janus Lecture, Genetic Engineering: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?  This discussion examines the future of genetic engineering. 


Richard Alan Friedman, Doris Fuller, and Jeffrey Swanson
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 4:00pm

Public discussions following massacres like Sandy Hook often center around guns themselves and issues of general access to guns. However, we see a need for a serious discussion of the factors which lead people to commit such crimes. Specifically, we would like to frame this as a...

Ellen Alberding, Cheryl Olson, and Craig Whitney
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:00pm


This event addresses gun culture in America, in both historical and present context. The two main thrusts will be: a discussion of the legacy of gun culture in America and whether it is an inextricable component of American identity as well as the role guns and violence...

Carl Bogus, John Lott, and Steven Lippmann
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 3:30pm

This discussion focuses on policies aimed at reducing gun violence. The loop we are investigating is the interplay of guns on crime and crime on guns broadly speaking. The speakers will examine policies aimed at reducing gun-related crimes and the effect guns and crime have on communities...

Richard Vedder and Vivek Wadhwa
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 4:00pm

With tuition and student debt at all-time highs, many Americans question whether college is worth the cost, especially in light of famous entrepreneurs who dropped out of college to enormous success. Others contend that college is still the key to a middle class lifestyle, a good investment even...

Wendy Schiller
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:00pm

Barack Obama will deliver the first State of the Union of his second term on Tuesday, February 12th. Come join the Janus Fellows and Professor Wendy Schiller while enjoying a free lunch ...

Wendy Schiller
Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 1:00pm

While Democrats and Republicans alike have spent countless hours embroiled in fiscal debate,  our generation must face the reality that the mounting debt crisis simply "threatens the fundamental economic security of the United States." At 1 PM on Saturday 2/2 in Rhode Island Hall, Brown "Up...

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:00pm

Totaling nearly $16,500,000,000,000, your share of the Federal Debt is more than $50,000. With that in mind, come enjoy a free lunch at the Faculty Club this Friday,...

Professor Linford Fisher
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

What does the re-election of Barack Obama mean for the Religious
Right? Is it the "end of evangelical dominance" as The Atlantic
stated? Is it the "rejection" of the cultural values of social and
political conservatives, as Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert...