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Lecture by Dr. Harvey Mansfield


Lecture by Dr. Harvey Mansfield

DATE: Friday April 5th, 19:00-22:00

TITLE: What is constitutional conservatism?

VENUE: Rapenburg 6, 2311 EV Leiden – ground floor

Deadline: 20 March

Reading the works of Plato, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Montesquieu and other Great Books teaches us better thinking and gives perspective on our times. Who can match their search for the Good, the Beautiful and the True? But we also live in the here and now, and in a world full of challenges and problems and opportunities to explore. We must constantly apply old insights to new realities. That's what the Pascal Lecture Series is for.

Five times a year a renowned thinker, writer, poet or doer from home and abroad holds a lecture, followed by discussion with Pascal professors, students and others. The lectures always have a different topic: current (geo)politics, war and peace, art, literature, natural science, theology, law or economics, or something else. It can be about acute and urgent issues, but also about the age-old, biggest questions, and relates them to each other.

The evening proceeds as follows. The speaker delivers his lecture for about sixty minutes. After a thirty minutes break, there will be a conversation about the lecture. Students, faculty and other interested attendees can choose whether to sit in the first ring and then participate in the conversation, or sit or stand around it to watch the conversation.

With this model we follow the model developed at the American St. John's College in Annapolis - one of the oldest Great Books programs. In this form, they have had lively, enriching and enjoyable evenings for years.

The inaugural lecture will be held by Dr. Harvey C. Mansfield, former William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University.

He has written on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties, on Machiavelli and the invention of indirect government, in defense of a defensible liberalism and in favor of a Constitutional American political science. He has also written on the discovery and development of the theory of executive power, and has translated three books of Machiavelli’s and (with the aid of his wife) Tocqueville's Democracy in America. He has also written a book Manliness, in Dutch translated by Andreas Kinneging.
He was Chairman of the Government Department from 1973-1977, has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. He 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 accepted a National Humanities Medal from the President.

He has hardly left Harvard since his first arrival in 1949, and has been on the faculty since 1962.

Date: Friday April 5th, 19:00-22:00

Title: What is constitutional conservatism?

Venue: Rapenburg 6, 2311 EV Leiden – ground floor

Sign up deadline: 20 March, 17:00

19:00 - 19:15: arrival
19:15 - 19:20: opening by the President
19:20 - 20:20: lecture by Harvey Mansfield
20:20 - 20:50: break
20:50 - 22:00: conversation led by the Dean

Entrance fee:
Student – lecture only: EUR 15
Student – lecture and conversation, including drinks during the break: EUR 25
Other – lecture only: EUR 25
Other – lecture and conversation, including drinks during the break: EUR 35

The deadline to sign up for the Lecture Series was 20/03/2024. It is no longer possible to register for the event.