Crest Thomasmore

Sir Thomas More was a noted English statesman and political philosopher during the 16th century; he was executed for refusal to abandon his religous convictions

The Sir Thomas More Lecture Series is a luncheon program with Yale professors and special guests, held each Friday during the academic year at half past noon. Each week, a speaker will present an area of interest followed by an informal discussion with students. Samples of past speakers and subjects are listed below. For information about upcoming Sir Thomas More Lectures, contact the .


David Brick, “The Creative in Classical India”

Paul Freedman, “Bad Ideas in History”

Donald Kagan, “The Practical Value of History”

David Mayhew, “The Long 1950s as a Policy Era”

Sean Mcmeekin, “The Origins of World War I”

Maria Menocal, “Middle Ages, Political Patterns Today”

William Metcalf, “Family Values in Antiquity”

Carlos Norena, “Empires and Imperial Cultures”

Danilo Petranovich, “Lincoln and American Nationalism”

Steven Pincus, “Revolution of 1688-89”

Timothy Robinson, “Democracy and Duolocracy on the Athenian Stage”

Celia Schultz, “Human Sacrifice in Ancient Rome”

Philosophy and Law

Paul Fry, “Constructive Uses of Skepticism”

Emily Greenwood, “Utopia, Atopia, and the Place for Ideas”

Paul Grimstad, “The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy”

Daniel Howe, “The Confederate Constitution”

Anthony Kronman, “Maistre and Burke”

Jill North, “Explaining the Direction of Time”

Thomas Pogge, “Intellectual Property Rights”

Michael Della Rocca, “F.H. Bradley and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy”

Peter Salovey, “Emotional Intelligence and Educational Reform”

Norma Thompson, “The Dignity of Philosophy: Aquinas versus Augustine”

Politics and Current Events

Akhil Amar, “Conservatives and Competence”

David Blight, “First Things: Obama in the Long View of History”

Paul Bracken, “Democracy and Big Business”

John Gaddis, “How Conservatives are Becoming Liberals”

Gary Gorton, “The Financial Crisis of 2007-2008”

Robert Grober, “Nuclear Arms Reduction”

Mary Habeck, “The Elections and the War on Terror”

Cyrus Hamlin, “Is there a crisis in the Humanities at Yale”

Charles Hill, “Future of the U.S. in the Middle East”

Paul Kennedy, “U.S. Military and our Defense Bill”

Matthew Kocher, “Complicity in International Politics”

Michael Lebowitz, “Detainee Operations from Mission Planning to Prosecution”

Minh Luong, “China at the Crossroads of the 21st Century”

Nuno Monteiro, “US Power: The Long-Term View”

Charles Priest, “Political Orders and Market Orders”

Daniel Sargent, “Is the United States a Revolutionary Power?”

Mattias Risse, “What's So Good About Equality Of Opportunity?”

Frances Rosenbluth, “Japanese Politics”

Steven Smith, “The Challenges of Capitalism: The Paradox of Organized Labor”

Michael Weber, “Is Patriotism Like Racism?”

Culture, Art, and Poetry

Howard Bloch, “The Restoration of Gothic Cathedrals in 19th Century France”

David Bromwich, “Poems of War and Peace”

Joseph Gordon, “Ladies Of Shalott: Britain Looks At Its Medieval Past”

Pericles Lewis, “James Joyce and his Place in the Western Canon”

Jane Levin, “Sophocles and Human Understanding”

Alexander Nemerov, “Books. Why Write Them? Why Not?”

Annabel Patterson, “John Donne: Making Poetry Out Of Persuasion”

Daniel Stein-Korin, “Mosaic Inversions”

Michael Thurston, “Breathing Lessons: Poetry As Ethical Practice”

Religion and Ethics

Paul Bloom, “Bodies and Souls”

Robert Burt, “Law, Morals and Same-Sex Marriage”

Jon Butler, “Religion and the State in America”

Stephen Darwall, “Shame, Disgust, and Guilt and the Nature of Morality”

Carlos Eire, “Religious Scholarship in the Secular University”

Gregory Ganssle, “Theism, Naturalism and Human Flourishing”

Ryan Hanley, “Philanthropy and Misanthropy”

John Hare, “Evolution and the Foundations of Ethics”

Christine Hayes, “God’s Critics: Biblical Perspectives in Ancient Israel”

Youval Rotman, “Prisoners of War”

Gaddis Smith, “Moral Obligations”

Matthew Smith, “Humanitarian Intervention and Domestic Revolution”

Rogers Smith, “The Challenges Of Genetic Enhancement”

Daniel Tauss, “The Development of Morals in the East and West”

Miroslav Volf, “Islam: Religion of Peace?”

Jay Winter, “Ethics and Morality in Collective Memory”

Special Guests

Theodore Richard Bromund, “Was Winston Churchill a Neo-Conservative?”

Adm. Joseph Francis Callo, Jr., “Major Issues of National Defense”

Gov. Howard Dean, “American Healthcare Reform”

Francis Fukuyama, “Restarting History: Science After The End”

Raymond Kissam Price, Jr., “The Nixon Era”