Nationalism: Virtue or Vice?

  • 06:00 PM

Dr. Samuel Goldman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at The George Washington University, and Ramesh Ponnuru, journalist and visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will engage in a spirited debate on the virtues and vices seen in the recent rise of nationalist sentiment in the West. Can loyalty to one’s nation promote human flourishing? How should Catholics understand nationalism in the context of solidarity, subsidiarity, human dignity, and the common good?

This event is FREE, open to the public, and will be followed by a reception with refreshments.


About the Speakers:

Samuel Goldman in an assistant professor of political science at George Washington University, where he also leads the Politics & Values Program. Goldman received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. Before coming to GW, he was a Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Ethics & Politics at Princeton.

Goldman’s research focuses on the theological sources of political ideas. He has published on figures including Tocqueville, Spinoza, and Leo Strauss, and is completing a book about Christian Zionism in American thought.

In addition to his academic work, Goldman is a contributing editor at The American Conservative. Goldman’s writing has also appeared in National ReviewModern AgeNew York MagazineFirst ThingsThe New Criterion and other publications.


Ramesh Ponnuru is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies the future of conservatism with a particular focus on health care, economic policy, and constitutionalism. He is also a senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and public policy for 20 years, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and a contributor to CBS News.

A prolific writer, Mr. Ponnuru is the author of “The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life” (Regnery Publishing, 2006) and “The Mystery of Japanese Growth” (AEI Press, 1995).

A frequent contributor to television and radio, Mr. Ponnuru has appeared on “Face the Nation,” CBS News; “Meet the Press Daily,” MSNBC; “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” ABC News; and the “PBS NewsHour” and “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio.

He holds an A.B. in history from Princeton University.

This event is co-sponsored by The Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.