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Upcoming events

RGCS Lecture:  Donald L. Horowitz, "Federalism for Severely Divided Societies: Possibilities and Pathologies."  Thursday September 18, 4:30-6 pm, McGill University Faculty Club Ballroom.

Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at Duke University and Senior Fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the author of seven books: The Courts and Social Policy (1977), which won the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ Motives: Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective (1980); Ethnic Groups in Conflict (1985, 2000); A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (1991), which won the Ralph Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association; The Deadly Ethnic Riot (2001); and Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia (2013). He is the world's foremost expert on the politics and institutions of ethnically divided societies, and has consulted with governments around the world on constitutional reform, federalism, and the protection of ethnic minorities.

This RGCS Lecture is cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Arts, the Institute for the Study of International Development, the European Union Centre for Excellence, the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. This lecture has received additional support from the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee.

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Book Launch for The Structure of Pluralism by Víctor M. Muñiz-Fraticell, Tuesday September 30, Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue

RGCS Lecture by Erin Delaney, Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science, Northwestern University, November 6, 2014, 5-6:30 pm, Leacock 232.


Past RGCS events

Conference: "Global Justice After Colonialism."  May 9-10, 2014, McGill.  https://www.facebook.com/events/634612716587359/

GRIPP Annual Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop, Paul Gowder, A Commitment to Equality: The Rule of Law in the Real World. May 19, 2014.

RGCS Lecture Series 2013-14, videos available at http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/ListRecordings.aspx?CourseID=9652

Jerry Gaus, Philosophy, University of Arizona:
"Liberalism's Unsuccessful Attempt to Insulate the Religious from the Secular."
Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:30pm, Thomson House.

Naomi Lamoreaux, Economics and History, Yale University:
“Civil Society and Organizational History.”
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 4:30pm, Leacock 232.

Ilya Somin, Law, George Mason University:
“Democracy and Political Ignorance.”
Thursday January 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm, Leacock 232

Debate: Chandran Kukathas, Political Theory, London School of Economics, and Kit Wellman, Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
Topic: Open borders and immigration
Thursday April 3 at 4:30 pm, Thomson House

Annual meeting of the Foucault Circle.  April 18-20, 2013.

RGCS Lecture Series Debate: Debra Satz, Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Stanford University, and Matt Zwolinski, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego, April 11, 2013, Thomson House Ballroom.  Video podcast available here.

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago: "Rights in Constitutions: Origins and Spread." Legal Theory Workshop, cosponsored by RGCS.  March 1 2013, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, room 202, New Chancellor Day Hall.

History Department Graduate Student Speakers' Initiative: Karuna Mantena, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University: 'Gandhi and the Means-Ends Question in Politics', November 20, 2012, 5:30-7:00 pm, Arts W215, cosponsored by RGCS.

RGCS Lecture: James Gardner, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil Justice, SUNY-Buffalo Law School: "“Subnational Constitutions and the Struggle over Constitutional Meaning."  November 15, 2012, Rutherford Physics Building room 118.

RGCS Lecture: John Tomasi, Professor of Political Science, Brown University: "Free Market Fairness."  November 1, 2012, 5 pm, Thomson House Ballroom

Marrett Lecture/ RGCS Lecture: Leif Wenar, Chair of Ethics, King's College London:  "Oil, Dictators & Civil Wars: Our Contributions, Our Solutions."  October 11, 2012, 4:30 pm, Ferrier 456.

Inaugural RGCS Lecture:  Jeremy Waldron, Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford University: "Constitutionalism: A Skeptical View."  October 4, 2012, 4:30 pm, Leacock 232.  

RGCS workshop, Detlef von Daniels, University of Witten: "How Plato Overcame the Cosmopolitans."  September 20, 2012, noon-1:30 pm, Ferrier 422.

Manuscript workshop: Daniel Viehoff.  May 29, 2012.

Book launch, Hasana Sharp, Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization; Robert Sparling, Johann Georg Hamann and the Enlightenment Project.  April 19, 2012.

Conference in honour of Charles Taylor '52, Professor Emeritus.  Video podcasts available hereMarch 29-31, 2012.

International Studies Association workshop: isa-ethics-2012.pdf

GRIPP: Bernard Manin.  November 18, 2011.

GRIPP: Jennifer Pitts, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago.  October 14, 2011, 2-4 pm.  "Empire and legal universalisms in the 18th century." McGill, Ferrier 456.

GRIPP: Bonnie Honig, Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation.  September 16, 2011, 2-4 pm.  “’Antigone versus Oedipus?’ Feminist Theory and the Turn to Antigone."  McGill, Ferrier 456.

Manuscript workshop: James Ingram, Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism, May 13, 2011

Conference:Spatiality and Justice: Interdisciplinary Investigations on the Political Philosophy of the City, May 5-7, 2011

Workshop: Security, Federalism, Democracy and the European Alternative [.pdf], March 18, 2011

Workshop: Health Inequalities and Global Justice [in association with the Montreal meeting of the International Studies Association], March 15, 2011

Conference: Aristotle's Politics, March 11-12, 2011

Workshop on judicial review and democracy. December 3, 2010

Ferrier 456, McGill
9.30 am -10.15 am: Wil Waluchow (Philosophy, McMaster), ‘On the Neutrality of Charter Reasoning’
10.30 am -11.15 am: Grégoire Webber (Law, London School of Economics), TBA
11.30 am -1.00 pm: Sari Kisilevsky (Philosophy, Queens College, CUNY), Comments on the morning session; Discussion
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm: Catered Lunch
2.00 pm - 2.45 pm: Robert Leckey (Law, McGill), ‘Complexifying Roncarelli’s Rule of Law’
3.00 pm - 3.45 pm: Victor Muniz-Fraticelli (Law/Political Science, McGill), TBA
4.00 pm - 5.30 pm: Stefan Sciaraffa (Philosophy, McMaster), Comments on the afternoon session; Discussion

Workshop with Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley: "Why Historical Distance Is Not A Problem." December 1 2010.

Dissertation-writing workshop, led by the RGCS' three winners of APSA's Leo Strauss Award for best dissertation in political philosophy: Arash Abizadeh, Christina Tarnopolsky, and Robert Sparling. November 26, 2010.

Workshop on Non-ideal and institutional theory [.pdf], within the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, June 1-3, 2010

Book launch for Christina Tarnopolsky, Prudes, Perverts, and Tyrants: Plato's Gorgias and the Politics of Shame, with remarks by Jill Frank, June 1, 2010

Research Workshop on Democratic Reason by Hélène Landemore, April 30, 2010

Hegel After Spinoza: A Symposium, April 15-15, 2010

Basic Income Group conference, March 15-16 2010

GRIPP: Nancy Rosenblum, Harvard University, "Partisanship and Independence: The Moral Distinctiveness of 'Party ID'". January 22, 2010.

"Governance by the Principle of Subsidiarity: Successes and Challenges over 14 Years," Roberto Formigoni, President, Lombardy Region, Italy, May 15th, 2009

Alan Tarr, "Federalism and Subnational Constitutional Space," with commentaries by Erin Crandall and Filippo Sabetti, November 7, 2008