Abigail's Authors

This series is meant to spotlight books which address and assess contemporary issues and social trends by drawing on the resources of the Western intellectual and cultural tradition.


Annual Lecture

Each year the Abigail Adams Institute hosts a public lecture meant to introduce arguments and speakers who can expand the philosophical horizons of our audience and have them reimagine the intellectual and cultural possibilities of the present. 


Summer Seminars

Each summer the Abigail Adams Institute hosts one or more intensive week-long seminars at Harvard University. They are open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students 


Fridays With Faculty

Fridays with Faculty takes place at Kirkland House and is a nearly weekly lunch discussion during which an invited professor discusses a topic of interest related to their field with a small group of students. 


Reading Group

The AAI Reading Group is meant primarily for faculty and post-graduates. It is our goal to provide the Harvard intellectual community an opportunity to discuss fundamental questions related to the classical and Christian metaphysical traditions. We meet in the evenings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in our offices on 14 Arrow Street in Cambridge. For more information about receiving invitation to the Reading Group, please contact


Annual Medical Ethics Seminar

This two-day seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework that will be contrasted with the conventional bioethics frameworks of principlism and consequentialism. Participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and what difference that makes for the doctor-patient relationship as well as a range of common clinical ethical issues. The purpose of the seminar is to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help physicians discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.