Past Events

Notes From Underground: Book Discussion with Roger Scruton (April 17, 2014)
In cooperation with the Hudson Institute CSS held a book discussion on Roger Scruton’s new book, Notes from Underground a searing drama of love, family, and self-discovery set in the last years of communist Czechoslovakia. [VIDEO]

Debating the Freedoms America Promotes (October 18, 2012)
In this discussion, a panel of noted experts with differing points of view considered (1) whether the active promotion of LGBT rights around the world has diminished the United States’ dedication to promoting religious freedom abroad, (2) to what extent, if any, these two concepts are mutually exclusive, (3) what political implications has this had for the United States—both domestically and internationally, and (4) what role should and does American public opinion play in shaping international diplomacy on issues of religious freedom and LGBT rights.[VIDEO]

America, Through European Eyes (September 6, 2012)
CSS hosted a conversation with Alan Levine (American University) who examined both historical and modern European views of America. What have Europeans gotten right—and wrong—and could modern Europeans learn from the classical liberal example of this still-young nation? Joshua Mitchell of Georgetown University responded as a discussant.

America, the Beautiful? (May 21, 2012)
British philosopher Roger Scruton argued for the importance of aesthetics and an appreciation for beauty as he offers thoughts on American living in the 21st century and suggests solutions to once more bring beauty—and people—back to the city.

Debating Non-Interventionism in U.S. Foreign Policy (November 3, 2011)
An evening reception and forum about the use of military force and America’s proper role in the world with: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kurt Volker (former US ambassador to NATO), Jamy Fly (FPI), Benjamin Friedman (CATO), Brian Kennedy (Claremont Institute), and Marion Smith (CSS), moderator.

Reagan v. Buckley: Debating American Foreign Policy (October 6, 2011)
We joined the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, and Heritage Foundation historian Lee Edwards for a theater screening and discussion of the famed 1978 Buckley-Reagan debate. The event was cosponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Hoover Institution. [VIDEO]

The Legacy of Ronald Reagan (Budapest, Hungary: June 28, 2011)
A discussion with Ronald Reagan’s special advisor and Attorney General Edwin Meese III and Peggy Noonan discuss the life and legacy of Reagan for the former “captive nations” of Central and Eastern Europe.  How did Reagan view America’s role in fighting Communism abroad? What were his expectations regarding Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall? [VIDEO]

Hungary’s New Constitution: Prospects for The Rule of Law and Liberty in Europe (March 21, 2011)
At this critical juncture, Hungary has the chance to provide a model for proper constitutionalism in Europe.  To fail, in the words of Alexander Hamilton, would be a “general misfortune for mankind.”  Americans are watching with expectation Hungary’s new experiment in establishing good government. The event was co-sponsored by the Hungarian American Coalition and the Heritage Foundation.