Janus Forum Lecture Series

The Janus Lecture Series brings together two or more speakers with differing opinions on relevant social and political topics. Events are held five to six times per year and offer students a chance to hear diverging positions on critical issues from some of the most distinguished speakers in the country. The speakers each have 25min, following which audience members are invited to participate in a one-hour intensive and highly critical Q&A session.

Janus Lecture Events seek to address difficult and pressing political issues with a commitment to openness, honesty, and a genuine dedication to the pursuit of truth. 

Next Event

Lawrence Lessig and Eugene Volokh
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

Since Citizens United v. FEC, elections in the United States have changed dramatically. The 2012 Election cycle was the most expensive inhistory, and with the recent ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, that trend looks to continue. Many have called for changes in campaign finance law, but barring a...

Past Events

Noam Chomsky (MIT) and Dennis Ross (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

From sympathetic supporter to militarty funder, the US relationship to Israel has evolved since its post-World War II inception. Over the years, Israel has received the largest amount of foreign aid from the United States, largely in the form of military assistance. Israel has been a democratic...

Bill McKibben (Founder, 350.org), Christian Parenti (Journalist; Author, "The Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence), and James Rogers (Former CEO, Duke Energy)
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:30am

A coal-divestment campaign has gained traction on many college campuses. Under the leadership of 350.org, students are encouraging universities to divest from fossil fuel industries with the goal of improving the environment. Is university divestment from energy companies an effective way to...

Randall Kennedy and Stuart Taylor, Jr.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 4:30pm

This year's Constitution Day Lecture is hosted by the Political Theory Project Visiting Professor Steve Calabresi (Northwest Law). Constitution Day Lectures examine how the US Constitution has shaped American culture, American lives, and the place of the United States in the world.

The U...

Nigel Cameron and Gregory Stock
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 4:00pm

In the past 20 years we have seen more rapid development in biomedical engineering and genetics than at any point in human history. From Dolly the sheep to the creation of Synthia, the world's first totally synthetic life form, by the J. Craig Venter Institute in 2010, the ability of humanity to...

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...