Joan E. Bowes - James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

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Joan E. Bowes - James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Steven F. Hayward will deliver the 2018-19 Bowes-Madison Distinguished Speaker Series.

"Justice Without Hyphens: The Eroding Foundations of Law."

Hyphenated versions of justice abound these days. “Social justice” is now finds parallel variations such as “climate justice,” “racial justice,” and “gender justice.” To the extent these categories ground themselves in subjective critiques of language and “power structures,” they represent a serious challenge to the foundation and practice of law and politics. This lecture will argue for a return to the idea of plain, unhyphenated justice, without the obfuscations of today’s “critical theory.”

5:30 pm Doors Open
6:00 pm Presentation
7:00 pm Reception

Event is free and open to the public. Space is limited so reserve your seats today!


Steven F. Hayward is currently senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, and a visiting lecturer at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall Law School. He was previously the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and was the inaugural visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013-14. From 2002 to 2012 he was the F.K Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, and has been senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco since 1991. 

He writes frequently for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, and other publications. The author of six books including a two-volume chronicle of Reagan and his times entitled The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980, and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989, and the Almanac of Environmental Trends. His most recent book is Patriotism is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments That Redefined American Conservatism. He writes daily on, one of the nation's most read political websites.


Established by long-time La Jolla resident and civic activist Joan E. Bowes, the speaker series was created to promote the open exchange of ideas and to inspire law students and other members of the San Diego community. Bearing the name of James Madison—fourth president of the United States and "Father of the Constitution"—this annual series brings distinguished speakers from the fields of law, diplomacy, government and politics to the University of San Diego.

Steven F. Hayward

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