The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Annual Undergraduate Conference on the American Polity

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April 13-14, 2018 at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY

Sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), the Annual Undergraduate Conference on the American Polity will take place from April 13-14, 2018 at Colgate University. Undergraduate students are invited to attend the conference and learn about the research conducted by other undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, including history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, religion, political science, and sociology. The Conference will kick off on Friday, April 13 with a banquet and keynote address followed by a collection of panels and discussions on Saturday. 

Featured speakers include Cathy Young, a 1988 graduate of Rutgers University, and Jamie Muir, a philosopher who specializes in education.

Cathy Young’s work as a free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street JournalUSA TodayThe Daily BeastSlateForeign PolicyCommentary, and Quillette. While her writing deals with a wide range of topics, gender issues and feminism have been a major focus of her work. Her perspective is generally critical of both modern feminism and gender traditionalism, stressing individual rights, empowerment, and equity and fairness for both sexes.

Jamie Muir, a professor of philosophy from the University of Winnipeg, received his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. His book The Legacy of Isocrates and a Platonic Alternative: Political Philosophy and the Value of Education, is being published in March, 2018. The book brings together educational philosophy, political thought, and rhetoric to examine the influence of the philosopher Isocrates on educational thought and the history of education, tracing the historical influence of Isocrates’ notions of education from antiquity to the modern era. Muir questions normative assumptions about the foundations of education and considers the future status of education as an academic discipline.

Learn more about the Conference here.  

Students interested in seeking funding to cover conference fees are encouraged to submit an application to the Rockefeller Center Mini-Grants program.

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