The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) will offer a course on the 1960s, January 30 through May 8 at its headquarters building, 21 W. Park Row in Clinton, the former Alexander Hamilton Inn.

The free adult education class, which will meet Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is titled “The Culture and Politics of the 1960s.” It is open to the public and professional credit is available for teachers.

Topics will include the rise of the New Left and conservative movements, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, critiques of the technological society, multiculturalism, campus unrest, environmentalism, Lyndon Johnson and the War on Poverty, Richard Nixon and the Silent Majority, the women’s movement, the transition of former hippies and radicals back to mainstream society in the 1970s, and thoughts on the legacy of the Sixties.

Each evening, there will be a combination of lecture and on-topic discussion. As with AHI’s other courses, there is no assigned work except for the readings (20-plus pages per week), which are printed and bound for class members at no charge. Coffee and snacks are provided.
The course will be taught by David Frisk, a Resident Fellow of the AHI since 2013 and a Ph.D. in political science. Among his other work for the AHI, he has taught its recent classes on presidential elections, the roots of America’s “red-blue” divide, constitutional issues, conservative political philosophy, the media and politics, social problems in contemporary America, and modern statesmanship and leadership.

AHI Resident Fellow David Frisk

“I was only a small kid at the time,” Frisk said, “but the Sixties have greatly affected the lives of all of today’s Americans, right down to college age and below. Their importance seems as clear now as ever. Understanding this remarkable decade is timely, in addition to being interesting in its own right. There is no richer period in American history, whatever one thinks of its main events and results. There’s also no better topic for interesting discussion.”

We request advance signup before Jan. 30, in order to assist with course arrangements and to ensure space for everyone. To enroll or for more information, please contact Dr. Frisk (315-381-3335 w / or the AHI’s director, Professor Robert Paquette ( We look forward to seeing you.