Weekly Standard's William Kristol to discuss civility, prospect for political center at IU campuses

  • Feb. 17, 2017


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- William Kristol, editor at large of The Weekly Standard and a leading figure in U.S. political and policy circles for more than a quarter century, will take part in events next week at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University Bloomington.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, Kristol will speak at an invitation-only luncheon at IUPUI, sponsored by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Center on Representative Government.

On Friday, Feb. 24, he will participate in an IU Bloomington panel discussion from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union. IU political scientist Aurelian Craiutu will moderate, and Paul Helmke of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs will serve as a panelist for the discussion: "Where Do We Go From Here: A Conversation With Bill Kristol."

The IU Bloomington event is hosted by the university's Tocqueville Program, which focuses on the contemporary legacy of 19th-century French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville.

"The Tocqueville Program is excited to bring Bill Kristol to IU to speak about the state of our contemporary politics and the chances of a new political center," said Craiutu, director of the Tocqueville Program. "Mr. Kristol is one of the most original voices in the Republicans’ camp today. Whether one agrees with his views or not, it is impossible not to respect his civil style, his willingness to engage in dialogue with others and his passion for ideas."

In addition to writing a regular column for The Weekly Standard, Kristol is a regular on ABC's "This Week" and appears frequently on TV news and political commentary programs. He founded The Weekly Standard in 1995 and served as its editor through 2016. Before starting the magazine, he was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and led the Project for the Republican Future.

“Bill Kristol’s Tocqueville Lecture is part of the campus’s ongoing Engaged Conversations series," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. "That series is designed to bring expertise and voices from all sides of the political spectrum to bear on both the most pressing policy questions of our day and the ways in which we can engage in politics effectively.”

The Ostrom Workshop, the Center for Representative Government, the Center on American Politics and the IU Bloomington Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President are providing support for Kristol's IU Bloomington visit.

The title for Kristol's Feb. 23 invitation-only talk at IUPUI is "Whatever Happened to Civil Society -- and What Can Be Done About It?" He will respond to writer Charles Murray's observation that America is "coming apart" and the social fabric has become frayed.

On March 24, the Tocqueville Program and the IU Bloomington Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will present a roundtable discussion of moderation and civility featuring Teresa Bejan, associate professor of political theory at Oriel College at the University of Oxford, along with IU Bloomington faculty members Craiutu; Jeffrey Isaac, the James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science; and Allen Wood, the Ruth Norman Halls Professor of Philosophy.

Panelists will discuss Bejan's new book, "Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration," and Craiutu's recent book, "Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes." The time and location will be announced later.