Hamilton's announcement: no mention of sponsorship by Alexander Hamilton Institute or that speaker is AHI founding Director
A reader would not know that the AHI sponsored the event or that Si Bunting is, of course, a founding Director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute. Here’s the original link, and you have to log on.
War and Post-War American Leaders Subject of Lecture
Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted November 8, 2013
Major General (Ret.) and author Josiah Bunting III will give a lecture titled “American Leaders, War and Post-War, 1940-1950: A Legacy of Lessons Ignored,” on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Bunting graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963. He then studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. During active duty with the United States Army, he served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division. During his military career Bunting received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal—2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Subsequently, he taught history at West Point and at the Naval War College. His administrative experience in higher education includes president, Briarcliff College (1973-1977); president, Hampden-Sydney College (1977-1987); and superintendent, VMI (1995-2003).
Bunting has recently been elected as chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States. He also serves as chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Del.—an enterprise committed to the reestablishment of the regular study of the staple subjects of liberal education in American universities and colleges.
by Robert Paquette
As in the Spectator Letter of support for Amit Taneja and the Days-Massolo Center:
“Mr. Taneja has been executing his job in a thoughtful and responsible way, living up to the mission of the Days-Massolo Center…”
As in the advertizing of the event in question:
“In order to create a safe space, this program is open to people of color only.”
res ipsa loquitur
Unfortunately, today Hamilton College finds itself on the Drudge Report which links to a story from Campus Reform:
Presented without comment.
Alumni should read this in full:
First we have Hamilton College segregating its programs by race:
“In order to create a safe space, this program is open to people of color only.”
Then, upon further reflection no doubt induced by the advent of broader distribution of the facts in the media since the initial announcement, we have an abrupt reversal:
Dear Hamilton Community Members:
Over the weekend, I have had a range of reactions to my invitation to the Real Talk Dialogue series – an idea that emerged from discussions with students. The goal was to facilitate dialogue across and within racial groups through a three-part series of incremental conversations. My intent was to be inclusive but my phrasing suggested otherwise. I think it is a good idea now to pause and reflect on how we structure conversations about race. As a result, I invite all interested members of the community to come to a re-envisioned dialogue this Thursday at 4:15 p.m. to address two central questions: What does a meaningful dialogue about race look like? How can we best structure such a dialogue? Together we can figure out how to proceed in ways that make clear the inclusiveness of our community and our collective commitment to equity, understanding and mutual respect.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
On a good day one might “warmly” expect institutions of higher learning to think before they act, but this doesn’t seem to be Hamilton’s custom. That may be harsh, but less so than the conclusion that thinking was not on the agenda here.
The facts are plain, and it is just another manifestation of a political agenda which is endorsed and promoted by the administration.
From a governance perspective it is clear there is a cultural problem at the school. The administration is unwilling to recognize or incapable of recognizing the damage, once again, to the reputation of the school. One hopes that at some point the trustees must be concerned about the upwards drift of that reputational risk.
It is called tone at the top.
This little gem just caught our eye and is presented in whole without comment:
|Location||Bristol Center 204/208 Dwight Lounge|
|Event Title||Real Talk: A Dialogue about Internalized Racism|
|Submitter Name||Turvey, Janet|
Conversations about race in the U.S. mostly focus on race relations between white communities and people of color. However, people of color are also prone top internalize racist messages about their own community, and about other races/ethnicities/people of color. This conversation allows people of color to come together and examine how we may have accepted racist attitudes toward other racial groups and our own racial/ethnic communities, and move towards healing and mutual respect. In order to create a safe space, this program is open to people of color only. A similar conversation for white students, faculty and staff is planned for the spring semester. Dinner will be provided. Please contact Amit Taneja for more information. [firstname.lastname@example.org omitted, emphasis added - ed]
This impedes students from acquiring habits of intellectual responsibility. Far too often, teachers and texts insist upon a “verdictive” approach, a politicized view of issues. Whatever your stance regarding the “culture wars” and the politics of higher education, it is undeniable that a great many graduating students have little idea of what genuine intellectual exploration involves. Too often, learning to think is replaced by ideological scorekeeping, and the use of adjectives replaces the use of arguments….
We didn’t know quite what to do with this story
CLINTON, N.Y. — Officials at a central New York college say they’re looking into a police chief’s claims that hundreds of rowdy students “took over” the village during off-campus parties that spilled onto neighboring properties.
The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports (http://bit.ly/17TpL7C ) Town of Kirkland Police Chief Dan English told a town board meeting Monday night that about 300 Hamilton College students became unruly while partying Saturday night at several homes in the village of Clinton.
English says the students “took over the village” while roaming the streets and spilling onto the lawns of neighboring homes. He says two town officers and a state trooper brought the situation under control…
until we found this one in the Washington Free Beacon.
” Unfortuantely, we did not meet our alumni participation goal of 50 percent.”
Congratulations to Mr. Cheeseman.
Readers may revisit his letter published previously on this site about the state of academics and administration at Hamilton College from the student’s perspective:
You won’ find it in the alumni news letter.
The monologue at Hamilton College: your tuition dollars and donations at work.
The panelists came from diverse backgrounds representing North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, ensuring that each individual would bring a unique set of experiences to the table. The hosts were Gretha Suarez ’15 and Carol Antunez ’15. Panelists included Ming-De Xu, East Asian Languages & Literatures (Chinese); Juana Sabadell-Nieto, Hispanic studies, Nigel Westmaas, Africana Studies; Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs; Amit Taneja, director of the Days-Massolo Center; Janet Turvey, assistant to the chief diversity officer; Fidaa Abuassi, Fulbright FLTA Fellow; and Sadiq Abubakar ’15.
No panelist identified him or herself as fully American. Rather, each spoke to their experiences with American people, and the extent to which they felt they had adopted the U.S. culture. Cafruny, the only “natural born U.S. citizen” on the panel expressed discomfort with the idea of nationalism as it relates to any country and prefers to represent himself as a global citizen.
Comparative quality is always of interest. See the link to the Alexander Hamilton’s recent colloquium Samuel Huntington and the Clash of Civilizations. Note the speakers of national prominence.
For a stark contrast, consider the speech by a Hamilton student and AHI fellow, Deal Ball, which nearly upstaged the keynote speaker, Dr. James Kurth, Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and one of Samuel Huntington’s former students.
After that brief respite, and as they might say in Eduland TV, we return you now to our normal programming. For the students, parents, and alumni of Hamilton that would be summarized by, well … read the article.
Note: if you have problems getting to the article What Does it Mean to be an American? let us know, and we’ll get you a copy.
Click below to watch the launch of the NAS report What Does Bowdoin Teach? in New York City on April 3, 2013, hosted by the Manhattan Institute. Bill Bennett was the keynote speaker.
If it weren’t from the Onion one might never know…
The National Association of Scholars has produced a remarkable study that should be of interest to all
- alumni of Hamilton College
- alumni of all the NESCAC schools or any liberal arts college
- parents of current students
- parents of prospective students
It is a long report and extensively documented. Some of the facts of campus culture are not pleasant, none in dispute. Alumni of Hamilton will find much familiar turf: same stuff, different place.
Bowdoin happens to be the lucky winner of this particular explication. The questions & issues raised in this report warrant broad distribution to all parties at interest, so share it with your friends. It also warrants serious review by Bowdoin’s trustees.
See The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World in the Wall Street Journal.
The title of the study is WHAT DOES BOWDOIN TEACH? HOW A CONTEMPORARY LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE SHAPES STUDENTS.
The phenomena is not unique to Bowdoin.
If one were to replace “Bowdoin College” with “Hamilton College” some of the gory details would change (some for the worse) but the substance and findings of the report would in the main still be accurate.
- Dr. Richard Vedder, President of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity
- Dr. Robert Kraynak, Director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization at Colgate University and a Senior Fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.
- Anne Neal, President of American Council of Trustees and Alumni and Director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
A Speech Too Far from the Pope Center.
See the article Hamilton’s Diversity Problem
“The apparatus has grown so vast and intertwined over the years that the college had to establish a “Diversity Coordinating Council” comprised of the Chief Diversity Officer, the Director of Opportunity Programs and Pathways, the Director of Diversity Recruitment, the Director of the Diversity and Social Justice Project, the Director of the aforementioned Days-Massolo Center, the Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs, among others.”
See also the posting below.
We are reliably informed that Cornell West was paid $30,000 to speak at Hamilton. We would like to see a transcript of his speech and will publish it if we can.