"The Virtues and Vices of the Founders" with Jeffrey Rosen, Joanne Freeman, and David Blight

Feb. 27, 2024
12:10PM - 1:15PM
Baker Room 116
Open to the YLS Community Only

Should we look to the Founders for guidance on constitutional issues today? Did the Founders lead virtuous lives? Or did they fail to live up to their ideals? The We the People Speaker Series is hosting a conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, award-winning author and historian Joanne Freeman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight about virtue, vice, and violence at the Founding. Jeffrey Rosen is the author of the new book The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America. David Blight is Sterling Professor of History and African American Studies at Yale University and won the Pulitzer Prize for Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Joanne Freeman is a professor of American History at Yale University and her most recent book, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, won the Best Book award from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic. 


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Sponsoring Organization(s)

This event is organized by a group of Yale Law students with the sponsorship of Professor Akhil Amar and support from the Ronnie F. Heyman Crossing Divides Program.