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The blackout: a venal informational monopoly?

Readers should start at the bottom and work their way up. We encourage readers to contemplate the purpose, intent, and effort to create & maintain a venal informational monopoly. These professors are fully tenured and have given perhaps a half a century’s service or more to Hamilton and its students.  Yet we see a blackout by Hamilton College of receptions for them.

It is a sad but accurate picture of the administration and those who tolerate it.



On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 5:02  wrote:

From:Theodore Eismeier
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:36 PM
To: Patrick Reynolds
Cc:Sharon Rippey; Richard Tantillo; Robert Paquette; James Bradfield; Michael Debraggio; Karen Leach; David Smallen; Margaret Gentry; Robert Martin
Subject: Re: Reunion events


I regret that some former students won’t know about these receptions, but we’ll get the word out as best we can.

How sad that the current administration is so insecure and petty.

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being feted in DC by a large gathering of friends, family, and many students, ranging from the Class of 1979 to the Class of 2014. The event made me realize that the real Hamilton is strong enough to survive the strangely Nixonian regime now occupying Buttrick.

Hope and change.


FYI. I am sharing this note with Hamilton friends and alumni. I encourage those I have cc’d and bcc’d to share with others.


On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM, Patrick Reynolds wrote:

Hello, Ted,

we’ve discussed this and decided that we’ll restrict our reunion programming web listing to Hamilton reunion programming.  I hope AHI has great receptions for you both, and which I expect will be advertized on the AHI website. 

I assume you are still not in town today from our previous correspondence —- but if you now happen to be, I hope to see you at the reception we are holding in your honor this afternoon!  After the faculty meeting which starts at 2:30 in the Science Auditorium.

All best, Pat


On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 5:11 AM, Theodore Eismeier wrote:


On May 9, Bob Paquette and I requested in separate emails that the Friday retirement reception for Jim Bradfield and the Saturday retirement reception for me be included in the web schedule of events for reunions. As of May 17, the events have not been listed on the web schedule and neither Bob nor I has received any response from you.

I would appreciate the courtesy of a response.

Thank you.


Posted on May 18, 2012 at 08:20AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments4 Comments

Forbes: America's Best Colleges

You will find it here: http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/

You will likely not find this one in the Alumni Review either.

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 08:49AM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Hamilton College in the news... but somehow the Alumni Review missed this one

Alumni need to know this story from the Weekly Standard. For the full story, excerpted below, go to the link.

Who Was George Schuyler? Rediscovering (and reclaiming) ‘the black H. L. Mencken’ by Mary Grabar

A classics professor tells his students not to read The Republic because “only those who watch Fox News” read Plato. Another requires students to apply Latin translation assignments to the “terroristic” war policies of George W. Bush. Another professor dissuades black students from venturing into town to attend a lecture. And one refuses to return a paper to a student disputing his grade.

Photo of Malcolm X and George Schuyler

Malcolm X, George Schuyler, 1964

Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis

I heard these stories from students taking refuge at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, which had been forced off the campus of Hamilton College by such professors. I was spending a month at the charming manse on the village square of Clinton, New York, as a Bakwin fellow. I shared my own stories from graduate school of being punished for pointing out an obvious misinterpretation of a double negative in a book on John Stuart Mill. (The comment on my paper sniffed that the book had been “peer-reviewed.”) My defense of Socrates in a seminar on classical rhetoric led to another professor telling me that I might even like reading the “fascist” Richard Weaver.

That afternoon, in 1993, as I checked out Ideas Have Consequences and The Ethics of Rhetoric from the library, I discovered an intellect of the highest order; yet I found no colleagues with whom to discuss Weaver’s work. There were no panels at conferences, and Weaver was not included in the textbooks from which I taught courses in various English departments. But my outspokenness had invited others in similar situations to write, and it was through this informal network that I was put in touch with the Hamilton Institute and learned about the Bakwin fellowship. Later, as I reviewed the application, I noticed that nearby Syracuse University housed the papers of George Schuyler….

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 05:06PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments2 Comments

More on this later

Alumni take note. This posting originally appeared on the Alexander Hamilton Institute Facebook site:

“I know that a few courageous students raised concerns about blatant political bias in teaching/grading with the Dean of Faculty and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees only to have those concerns ignored or dismissed in very cursory fashion. The College has waged a cold war against Robert Paquette, its most vocal critic about these matters. When I mentioned concerns about the lack of intellectual diversity in a Spec op-ed about the contributions of the AHI to student life at Hamilton, I was summoned to the President’s Office to have my loyalty to Hamilton questioned. In response to … [a] suggestion, I have an even better idea for the College: End the cold war against AHI and find ways to partner to give Hamilton a distinct competitive advantage grounded in intellectual diversity, rigorous scholarship, and civic engagement.” –  Ted Eismeier

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 03:56PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments1 Comment

Kimball on The Alexander Hamilton Institute

See the article here.


Posted on April 14, 2012 at 09:03AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments2 Comments

Acceptance rates for Class of 2016

Excerpted from: http://www.businessinsider.com/university-acceptance-class-2016-2012-3

Below, acceptance rates for the Class of 2016, as they roll in.

  • Babson College: 29.0 Percent
  • Barnard College: 21.0 Percent
  • Brown: 9.6 Percent
  • Claremont McKenna: 12.4 Percent
  • Columbia: 7.4 Percent
  • Cornell: 16.2 Percent
  • Dartmouth: 9.4 Percent
  • Duke: 11.9 Percent
  • Elon University: 51 Percent
  • George Washington U.: 32.7 Percent
  • Hamilton College: 27.1 Percent
  • Harvard: 5.9 Percent
  • Johns Hopkins: 17.7 Percent
  • Macalester College: 34.7 Percent
  • Muhlenberg College: 45.5 Percent
  • Northwestern: 15.3 Percent
  • Occidental College: 39 Percent
  • Olin College: 17.4 Percent
  • Princeton: 7.9 Percent
  • U. of Florida: 41 Percent
  • U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: 25.7 Percent
  • U. of Pennsylvania: 12.3 Percent
  • U. of Richmond: 30 Percent
  • U. of Rochester: 34 Percent
  • U. of Southern California: 18 Percent
  • U. of Virginia: 27.4 Percent
  • Wesleyan: 19.7 Percent
  • Williams College: 16.7 percent

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/university-acceptance-class-2016-2012-3#ixzz1qcOi6tyK

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 12:27PM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Hip Hop Shop Host TourĂ© to Give Voices of Color Lecture

Hamilton College presents:

Touré, contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine and host of Fuse TV’s The Hip-Hop Shop and On The Record, will present a lecture on Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m., in the Hamilton College Chapel. The lecture, “What We Can Learn About Life from Hip-Hop,” is sponsored by the Voices of Color Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

See the whole story here:


Posted on March 28, 2012 at 02:50PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments1 Comment

AHI Undergraduate Fellows Participate in Fifth Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on the American Polity

The Alexander Hamilton Institute has done a wonderful thing. Read the article and wonder why Hamilton College is silent on the accomplishments of its own students.

AHI Undergraduate Fellows Participate in Fifth Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on the American Polity

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 10:06PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments5 Comments

All Hamilton College parents & students should be aware of FIRE

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 07:56PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments2 Comments

Pending moderation

An article in the Spectator, Had Enough with Left and Right? by Peter Cannavo, Associate Professor of Government in which he says:

Unfortunately, the Hamilton community has at times fallen into simplistic political polarities. There have been vitriolic attacks by some alumni (see http://hcagr.squarespace.com/), who caricature the College as a bastion of leftist ideology; at the same time, conservative students have told me of being treated with hostility by some faculty members.”

We submitted a brief and casual response to the Spectator on Feb.8, 2012 (currently ‘awaiting moderation’). We present it below: 

1) hcagr welcomes, and has from inception, corrections of any error in fact
2) hcagr does not manufacture Hamilton’s history. it does not compel Hamilton or its faculty to behave in any particular way. we do on occasion report items that would not otherwise be brought to the attention of alumni who are interested and concerned about the school. some characterize the reporting of events or facts, and some facts that parties at interest would prefer not be reported, as vitriolic. many alumni find such reporting of interest because they would not otherwise know.
3) read the second sentence of the excerpt above [from the Spectator article] again



Posted on February 12, 2012 at 02:12PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments6 Comments

To the Class of 1977

To Class of 1977:

The Alexander Hamilton Institute will be celebrating Professor Eismeier on Saturday, June 2. The AHI is also establishing a fund to support a Theodore J. Eismeier Fellowship in Political Science.

For information contact bob@theahi.org.

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 08:20PM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Turn their courses over to the issue of global warming

We present an excerpt from a comment posted on this site:

” …mentioned “a professor who in an all-campus email politics every member of the faculty, regardless of discipline, to turn their courses over to the issue of global warming” - that was me, though if I recall correctly I asked that instructors cover it where it was relevant to their course (if I didn’t, that was a mistake) and didn’t suggest how it should be covered. I make no apologies, as I consider global warming an exhaustively documented threat to our nation’s security, our civilization, and life on this planet as we have known it for thousands of years. I don’t consider it an issue of political ideology. I teach anthropogenic global warming as a scientifically established phenomenon and present a lecture refuting the skeptics. Call that institutional bias if you wish, but I would no more consider that institutional bias than if I taught a paleontology or biology course that accepted evolution. What I do also teach my students, however, is that though the science is established, the question of what to do about it and whether to do something about is indeed a matter of politics and ethics. “

December 14, 2011 at 08:43AM | Peter F. Cannavo


A humble consideration: No Need to Panic About Global Warming (excerpted below):

“In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the message that increasing amounts of the “pollutant” carbon dioxide will destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of scientific “heretics” is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts.

Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.

The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2….”


Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris; J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting; Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University; Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society; Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences; William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton; Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.; William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University; Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne; Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator; Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service; Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 07:50AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments5 Comments

Professor Eismeier on Anti-Semitism and Hamilton College

January 19, 2012

Re: Anti-Semitism Awareness

The recent rash of vandalism and arson against Jewish houses of worship in Bergen County, NJ highlights a disturbing reality: Anti-Semitism is flaring around the world in new and virulent forms. Writing in The Jerusalem Post, Benjamin Weinthal reports that “German experts in the field of contemporary anti-Semitism define the phenomenon as ‘Querfront’ anti-Semitism, which roughly translates as ‘crossover’. The fusion of hate ideologies coalesces the radical left and extreme right with fanatical Islamism.” We see such crossover in the United States in the strange bedfellows of the Westboro Baptist Church and some elements—small I hope—of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. “For the first time since the end of World War II,” Alan Dershowitz wrote a few weeks ago, “classic anti-Semitic tropes—the Jews control the world and are to blame for everything that goes wrong, including the financial crisis; the Jews killed Christian children in order to use the blood to bake Matzo; the Holocaust never happened—are becoming acceptable and legitimate subjects for academic and political discussion.”

A search of Hamilton web archives reveals no programming—zip, zero, nada— on this important issue, and after months of trying I’ve had no luck getting the Days Massolo Center interested (or even getting the courtesy of a reply). The Dean of Faculty was peeved at my persistence in pursuing the matter with the Center.

With Hamilton’s calendar teeming with events about social justice, diversity, and prejudice, why the neglect of anti-Semitism? On a campus with a political center of gravity far to the left, two explanations come to mind. First, such programming may simply be crowded out by the reigning cultural left’s interest in other matters. Second, as Michael Cohen argued in a 2007 essay in Dissent, for “the left that doesn’t learn” anti-Zionism has become ostrichism or worse about anti-Semitism. “Anti-Zionism,” according to Cohen, “means, theoretically, opposition to the project of a Jewish state in response to the rise of anti-Semitism. Let’s be blunt: there have been anti-Zionists who are not anti-Semites, just as there have been foes of affirmative action who are not racists. But the crucial question is prejudicial overlap, not intellectual niceties.”

In the end, explaining our neglect is less important than rectifying it with serious, balanced programming about anti-Semitism, left and right. I am confident that, if necessary, the Alexander Hamilton Institute will, once again, step into the breach on behalf of Hamilton students. But the Hamilton administration would be well advised to take the initiative on this important, if not fashionable, issue.

Theodore J. Eismeier
Government Department

source: http://students.hamilton.edu/spectator/opinion/p/letters-to-the-editor-1-1/view

[ed -  reproduced here wihtout the author’s permission. He can call if he chooses.]

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:06AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments12 Comments

Perhaps we need more exercise?

Developing one’s mind is no different from developing a strong body: exercise and, specifically, cross training. By studying art, science, the humanities, social science, and languages, the mind develops the mental dexterity that opens a person to new ideas, which is the currency for success in a constantly changing environment” -  AG Lafley in A Liberal Education: Preparation for Career Success in the Huffington Post of December 6, 2011.

If so, why is there no required curriculum at Hamilton College?  Students may graduate without ever having studied the enumerated fields.

Hamilton’s Blind Loop Syndrome is neither new nor a constructive course for the College. EOM

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 08:20AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments3 Comments

From the President's Desk

We present below in full the annual letter from the President of the Alexander Hamilton Institute:


From the President’s Desk

December 2011

Dear Friends:

From the President’s Desk

On September 17, 2011, Constitution Day, the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) celebrated its fourth birthday. We write this letter to advise you of initiatives and activities to further our mission to promote excellence in scholarship through the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism. Our programs reflect intellectual diversity, provide for the innovative teaching of civic and economic knowledge, and promote a genuine free marketplace of ideas. We believe that a liberal-arts graduate, properly trained, should possess not only an enhanced capacity to distinguish between career and the good life, but the ability to manage the conflicts of adulthood with honesty, dignity, and a sense of personal responsibility.

Click to read more ...

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 05:18PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments8 Comments

Alexander Hamilton Institute unveils new website!

Check out the new website at the same address: www.theahi.org

If you think they do good work, please consider sending a donation.  As always we urge you to consider fully the quality & standards of scholarship of all the works of the Institute and, increasingly, of the accomplishments of the students who participate in them.

We also note the Alexander Hamilton Institute announced earlier this year the formation of new subsidiary under the direction of Mike Rizzo of the University of Rochester. Onwards!

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 07:30AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments1 Comment

More scholarship at Hamilton (v 4.0)

The announcement from the Hamilton College: Endsley Performs in Philadelphia

Not sure if these were performed in Philly. Not sure it matters.

Crystal Leigh performs “I am”

Dr. Crystal Leigh

There’s more on google for those seeking further enlightenment scholarship.  One hopes for a case of mistaken identity, and we are open to correction but until then, Carissima!

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 07:23PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments2 Comments

More scholarship at Hamilton (v 3.0)

Hamilton makes the news in Vice president of policy brings attention to narrow academic specialties

Item: Hamilton College, whose annual tuition and fees stand at $41,280, offers, intra alia, “Video Game Nation,” a humanities course that, “[i]nvestigates how to critically interpret and analyze video games and the roles they play in visual and popular culture, and how to test the application of these approaches to various issues in gaming and digital media culture more generally. Topics and themes include genre and aesthetics, the game industry, spectatorship, play, narrative, immersion, gender, race, militarism, violence and labor. (Writing-intensive.)”

Now, tell me again, why is it you don’t have a job?

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 10:59PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments19 Comments

A response to President Stewart in defense of faith

A response to President Stewart in defense of faith
By Jeremy Adelman ‘13

October 20, 2011

In her Aug. 24 address at Convocation, President Joan Hinde Stewart announced glibly, “evolution is a fact,” a barb directed squarely at biblical literalists and meant, no doubt, to assert her superiority as a learned scholar over the troglodytes who tromp weekly into churches. However, her statement actually demonstrated her ignorance of both science and faith; because of its empirical foundations, science’s “facts” are data—everything gleaned from these results is readily contestable by new experiments and novel theories. To illustrate this point, consider an analogy to history; a historical fact (analogous to the beaks of Darwin’s finches) is that the Franks defeated the Umayyad Caliphate at a battle near Tour, but the interpretation that Martel’s victory stymied the Muslim conquest of Europe (analogous to evolution), however widely accepted by academics, is only a theory.

More insidious, though, is President Stewart’s ironic attempt at mocking blind faith by proclaiming the incontrovertibility of evolution. As she is no biologist, I doubt very much that President Stewart came to her conclusion after poring exhaustively over innumerable papers on the subject—more likely, she deferred to the opinions of those who do.

Considering the breadth of human knowledge, such deference is logical and even admirable, but is nonetheless undeniably based upon faith, rather than reason. That is, when President Stewart proclaimed evolution a fact, she really announced her faith in the expertise of evolutionary biologists. Intellectually, this is equivalent to the Bible literalists espousing belief in creationism on the basis of faith in Genesis —to maintain otherwise is to cling to the delusion of superiority which comes with a little knowledge; as much as we know, there will always be more we do not comprehend.
Indeed, rather than criticizing faith, President Stewart ought to be singing her praise, for faith is fundamental, not anathema, to the concept of scholarship. Every discipline, from communications to chemistry, requires at its core certain postulates which cannot be contested if one is to advance in knowledge. Even mathematics, which prides herself on the existence of absolute, rather than relative, proof of her theorems, needs the assumption on pure faith of a number of axioms in order to function.

Of course, blind faith does indeed occasionally stand as an impediment to the advancement of reason — however, more often than not, it is the faith of the sort President Stewart expresses, namely, faith in the genius of men, rather than a faith in the genius of God. Lost in the oft- rehashed narrative of Galileo is the fact that the church was defending not the Pentateuch but Ptolemy, whose geocentric universe enjoyed the same “scientific consensus” as evolution today (albeit among a certainly less scientific world). Rather than debase science, religion has a tendency to adopt its views — thus has evolution become a manifestation of God’s divine will in the catechism of the Catholic Church (one wonders whether someone isn’t already pondering the theological interpretations of superluminous neutrinos). In fact, the vaunted Big Bang theory now central to our interpretation of creation, was first proposed by a Belgian priest, Georges Lamaître, and faced overwhelming criticism from such luminaries as Albert Einstein. For, as Joan Hinde Stewart would say, in 1927, the static universe was “a fact.”


from the Spectator Online

Posted on October 29, 2011 at 09:59AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments1 Comment

More scholarship at Hamilton College (v 2.0)

Excerpt College & Captivity  of September 2, 2011:

… “When I am not teaching inside Attica, I teach at Hamilton College, a very good and very expensive private liberal arts college (at $50K/year),” Doran Larson writes in the latest issue of Radical Teacher, “a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal on the theory and practice of teaching.” “There [Hamilton] I offer courses in American and global prison writing.”…“The course on American writers begins with slave narratives and work songs, surveys the early twentieth century, and concludes with Black Power movement writers, including George Jackson, Assata Shakur, and Mumia Abu-Jamal,”…

We leave it to Greater and Perhaps Sustainable Minds as to whether this is an improvement in quality of Scholarship at Hamilton College. We think not, but leave it to the alumni for their consideration.

Somehow we suspect this one missed the quarterly alumni review…



Posted on September 25, 2011 at 10:51AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments10 Comments