On Thursday, Sept. 15, Steven B. Smith will deliver a Constitution Day lecture on “Abraham Lincoln and the Problem of ‘Towering Genius.’”
Smith will speak in Tupper Hall 304 beginning at 7:30p.m. His talk is sponsored by the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions.
Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor Government and Philosophy and the co-director of the Center for the Study of Representative Institutions at Yale University, where he has taught since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago after completing his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Smith has written or edited more than half a dozen books, including Hegel’s Critique of Liberalism (1989), Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity (1997), Spinoza’s Book of Life (2003), Reading Leo Strauss (2006) and The Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss (2009). He has edited the Writings of Abraham Lincoln (2012) and his latest book is Modernity and its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow (2016).
Smith’s talk is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.