Upcoming Events

Spring 2014 Upcoming Events


27 Susan Patton and a Panel of Critics: “Marry Right: A Guide to Finding the One”

One year after the publication of the opinion piece in the Prince that started it all, Susan Patton is coming back to the Whig-Cliosophic Society to discuss her new book, Marry Right: A Guide to Finding the One. Joining our conversation with Mrs. Patton will be two of her critics, who have both written about her book in the Huffington Post and the New York Times. Here is a link to Sara Eckel’s article, criticizing Patton’s advice in the Huffington Post. Additionally, here is her article in the NY Times outlining her own vision about finding the right one, a complete reverse from Patton’s own. Also joining the panel will be Claire Fallon, a Princeton alumna who voiced her concerns in the Huffington Post as well. Her article can be found here.


2 James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service: Ben Bernanke

On Wednesday, April 2, in McCosh 50, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society will be presenting its 2014 James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service to Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. Following the presentation of the award, Chairman Bernanke will engage in a discussion with professor Alan Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. From 1994-1996, Prof. Blinder served as vice-chairperson of the Federal Reserve System. Tickets available at the Frist box office.

7 Senate Debate: Keystone XL

Over the past few weeks, the issue of the Keystone Pipeline has been becoming more and more prominent. Why is Obama considering the pipeline? Why might it be a mistake? Come find out!

On Monday, April 7th, at 7:30 in the Senate Chamber, we will be welcoming four student debaters to contest the issue of the Keystone Pipeline. Given the recent protests in Washington D.C., ones in which our own classmates have participated, it is sure to be a riveting and timely debate that you do not want to miss.

Food and drinks will be provided afterwards!

10 Warren Farrell: The Boyhood Crisis

On April 10, Warren Farrell will be speaking at 8 PM in the Whig Hall senate chamber. He is a prominent American author, educator, and activist, who has written on a variety of men’s and women’s issues. Since the 1970s, Dr. Farrell has been one of the leading male thinkers who has championed what is known as second wave feminism, a movement that refocused the original feminist movement onto the workplace, family, and legal inequalities. He was the only man to be elected to NOW (National Organization for Women) three times. Since then, however, he has written extensively and extended his research to the modern men’s movement as well, focusing specifically on transitions from boyhood into made adulthood, single fatherhood, and cross gender relations issues.

Some of his fascinating books include The Myth of Male Power, Father and Child Reunion, Why Men Earn More, and The Liberated Man. He has been a frequent guest on Oprah Winfrey’s show, the Dr. Phil Show, and other programs, and his books have constantly been best-sellers. He will speak to us on his new book about the boyhood crisis, and transitions to fatherhood, as well as a variety of other topics covering fields from psychology and sociology, to politics and economics. You can read more about him here.

16 Thomas Barnett: The Pentagon’s New Map

Dr. Thomas Barnett is one of the foremost military geo-strategists of our time. He has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, including the Center for Naval Analysis and the Department of Defense. During his time there, he created a famous PowerPoint brief, which later morphed into his New York Times best-selling book The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty First Century. He will present that famous PowerPoint – not available anywhere else – to us, as well as speak on pertinent military issues regarding Syria and the Ukraine.

Since Dr. Barnett left the government, he has started his own consulting firm, Barnett Consulting LLP, and has served as chief analyst for the online strategic community, Wikistrat Ltd. He has written for Esquire Magazine, and works as a senior consultant to the political-risk firm, Eurasia Group. Other books have included Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating, and Great Powers: America and The World After Bush. You can read more about him here, when he was featured in TIME as one of their 100 most influential people.

19 Whig vs. Clio Kickball and BBQ

Join us for a game of kickball and a BBQ on Poe Field Saturday, April 19th! Whigs will face off against the Clios and engage in some fun, age-old rivalry!

21 Jack Matlock and Panel of Experts

Jack Matlock is a former American Ambassador to the USSR, serving under Reagan from 1987 to 1991. After leaving office, Matlock became a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University for five years. He then taught at Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study, where he was a George F. Kennan Professor. He currently resides in Princeton.

Matlock will be talking about the current situation in Crimea.

23 Senate Debate: Should Campaign Finance be Restricted?

On Wednesday April 23, at 7:30pm, Whig-Clio will host its next Senate Debate on the topic of campaign finance reform. With the most recent McCutcheon vs. FEC case, and the less recent yet still controversial Citizens United case, there has never been a more pertinent time to discuss the topic. As always, there will be food, drinks, and conversation afterwards in Oakes Lounge.

24 Spring Banquet/Seniors Going-Away Dinner

Whig-Clio will be holding its annual Spring Banquet/Senior Going Away dinner on Thursday, April 24th. It will be a formal event with food and drinks, and students will be roasting seniors who have been integral members of Whig-Clio in their four years here at Princeton. Our social chair, Martha Jachismki, has asked that you fill out a simple survey so that we can gauge attendance. All are welcome.

25 Amy Chua: Tiger Mom

On Friday April 25, Amy Chua, the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” will be speaking in Computer Science 104 from 4:30 to 6 PM. This talk is co-sponsored by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Planning Committee, and the Princeton Pre-Law Society.

30 Andrew Zwicker

On Wednesday April 30, Whig-Clio and the College Democrats are co-sponsoring a conversation with Andrew Zwicker, a Democratic candidate for Rush Holt’s Representative Seat.