The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is nearing the end of another very successful year. Please know how grateful we are for your continued support. Recent unrest and outright thuggery at many of this country’s most prestigious colleges and universities—Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Claremont McKenna, and Hamilton College, to name a few—can only serve to underscore why the AHI came into existence in the first place, some nine years ago. More important, investigative reporting has exposed the weakness of campus administrators in confronting what can only be described as a potentially deadly assault on the most basic principles of academic freedom and liberal arts education. In no way do we believe that the wave of campus restiveness has crested as we head into a presidential election year. Far from it.
In 2015, the AHI continued to extend the reach of its programmatic activities and initiatives, raising public awareness of its mission and making many new friends along the way. In that regard, Carl and Cordelia Menges deserve special mention for the memorable fund-raising event they organized for the AHI in New York City on October 7th. The festivities began at the Barbetta Restaurant in the Theater District, where Mr. Menges and AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette addressed attendants on the history and mission of the AHI, and ended at the nearby Richard Rodgers Theater for a performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s inspiriting hit musical Hamilton. More than 130 persons purchased tickets, and the AHI is deeply grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Menges and the members of the organizational committee for their superlative work in selling every ticket. We are also grateful to the scores of people who sent in donations even though they were unable to attend the event.
In 2015, the AHI also continued to receive recognition for its efforts at educational reform. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni named the AHI an “oasis of excellence.” In the October 21 issue of Forbes, the economist Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), praised the AHI in “fighting for a diversity of views” in higher education and described the AHI as “first-rate