On Friday, March 1, Alexander Hamilton Institute For the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) Charter Fellow Robert Paquette moderated Session I: “The Illiberal Arts: Politicization and Academic Decline” at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the National Association of Scholars (NAS). The two-day conference, “A Mighty Maze: Charting the Future of American Higher Education in an Age of Illiberal Ideologies, Broken Budgets, Big Debts, and Declining Standards” was held at the Harvard Club in New York City and featured a keynote address by Thomas Wolfe. AHI Academic Advisor Paul Rahe participated in Session V: “Whither the West.” Paquette opened his session with a “Jeremiad on Higher Education,” by excerpting from a letter he had sent to Hamilton College’s board of trustees after resigning a distinguished chair that he had held for more than seventeen years.
Attendants at the conference included AHI board members J. Hunter Brown, Carl Menges, Anne Neal, and Bob Hamill as well as Senior Fellow Ted Eismeier. The conference generated a record audience for a NAS event. Professor Paquette followed-up on some of his impressions of the NAS conference in his March 7 blog post on SeeThruEdu.com. Paquette was selected by the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education as a regular contributing expert to their website, which focuses on higher education reform. To keep up with Professor Paquette’s blog, please visit: Seethruedu.com.
Video of Robert Paquette moderating Session 1: The Illiberal Arts, NAS 2013 Conference can be found on YouTube.