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Private Dinner with Stanford Political Theorist: Apocalyptic Thought in Politics

  • 23 Mar 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Caffe Riace 200 Sheridan Ave, Suite 102 Palo Alto, CA 94306
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*Registration closes March 20th.

Assistant Professor at Stanford, Alison McQueen  will review the catastrophic risks that the U.S. faces, then go on to talk about why we shouldn’t think about these in apocalyptic terms (i.e. what the dangers are of that kind of thinking). Her highly engaging style will drive a timely, informative and thought provoking dinner discussion.  This event will be a conversation, not a keynote presentation.  

All questions, comments, and perspectives are welcome.

Alison’s articles in (in pdf form)  will be emailed to you upon registration confirmation.


6:00pm-6:30pm Networking and introductions

6:30pm-9:00pm Dinner and discussion


Alison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University.  Her research focuses on religion in early modern political theory.  Her book, Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times (under contract), examines the responses of three canonical political thinkers (Niccolò Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and Hans Morgenthau) to hopes and fears about the end of the world. Her second book project, Absolving God: Hobbes’s Scriptural Politics, examines Thomas Hobbes’s attempts to tame religious radicalism and make sincere belief compatible with civil peace.  Alison’s other ongoing research projects explore the political realist tradition, methods of textual interpretation, and the ethics and politics of catastrophe.  Alison received her Ph.D., from Cornell University in 2012.

* Ticket price includes private dining room, three course meal, and wine.

* Custom food options including vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan will be accommodated onsite.

* Proceeds allow us to fund two endowed scholarships-the Ira B. Degenhardt Tradition Fellowship and the Peter E. Lee Tradition Fellowship.  These funds go to two deserving students from the Bay Area for each of their four-year tenure at Cornell.

Please contact Rosemary J. Fantozzi '09 with questions.

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