For residents of or visitors to the greater DC metropolitan area, next week we have two noteworthy events co-sponsored by the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, an initiative I direct at Georgetown.
First, we will co-sponsor a "Cicero's Podium Debate" with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute on the question of "Economic Freedom and Moral Virtue: Does the Free Market Produce Captive Souls?" The debate will pit Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute (answering in the negative) against David Schindler of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (who will answer in the affirmative). The debate will take place on April 1, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm in Salon D of the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center (attached to the Leavey Center, the main campus student center).
Second, we will co-sponsor with the Mortara Center and the Center for Peace and Security Studies a lecture by Andrew Bacevich entitled "The End of American Exceptionalism: 1941-2008 as the Short American Century." The lecture will take place the following day, April 2, 2009, from 5:00-6:30pm in the Mortara Center, which is located at 3600 N. Street, N.W., a block from the main campus front gates.
Both lectures are free and open to the public - please RSVP to tocquevilleforum AT georgetown.edu. For those interested but far-flung, we will post a video recording of the debate and an audio recording of the lecture within a short time after their conclusion. You can also check out recordings of an amazing array of previous events, here.