December 2nd debate on the Declaration of Independence at Colgate University

The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce a debate on the Declaration of Independence led by Professor Barry Shain, Department of Political Science, Colgate University, on Tuesday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. in 108 Persson Hall, Colgate University. The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization at Colgate University, directed by Robert Kraynak, will co-sponsor the event with the AHI. The event is open to the public.

Professor Shain will discuss his new book “The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context” (Yale University Press, 2014), a collection of 174 letters, papers, petitions, and proclamations from the years directly preceding the creation of the Declaration of Independence. The book challenges many of the dominant narratives that have shaped contemporary understanding of this seminal document. 

Discussion panelists include Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood & W. St John Garwood, Jr., Centennial Chair; Professor of Government, University of Texas Law School; Robert Martin, Professor of Government, Hamilton College; and Professor Kraynak, who is also a Professor of Political Science at Colgate.