Clinton, NY, May 18, 2012 – The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that it will hold ceremonies on successive nights, Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, to honor James Bradfield, the Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Economics at Hamilton College, and Theodore J. Eismeier, Professor of Government at Hamilton College at the Alexander Hamilton Inn, 21 W. Park Row, Clinton, NY.  On Friday June 1, beginning at 6:00 p.m., AHI will dedicate in a formal ceremony two areas of the AHI’s headquarters as the James & Alice Bradfield Hospitality Room.  On Saturday June 2, beginning at 4:00 p.m., AHI will announce competition for the 2013 Theodore J. Eismeier Fellowship in Political Science, a fellowship created from the donations of friends and former students of Professor Eismeier.  Food and refreshments will be provided and the event is open to the public.

AHI Charter Fellow James Bradfield

 Professor Bradfield played a vital role in the founding of the AHI as an independent non-profit organization in 2007 and helped secure the Alexander Hamilton Inn as its headquarters.

AHI Senior Fellow Ted Eismeier

Professor Eismeier founded the AHI’s Undergraduate Fellows program and spearheaded the Fourth Annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium, which brought together scholars, students, and informed citizens to discuss “Law, Technology, and American Constitutional Government.” Together professors Bradfield and Eismeier served Hamilton College for more than seventy years.  Both have announced their retirement from Hamilton College at the end of the spring semester, 2012.

“As a founder of the AHI,” said AHI President Dick Erlanger, “Jim provided thoughtful input to our initial organization as well as continuing intellectual support.”  Ted Eismeier was not only a stalwart AHI supporter from the beginning, but an intellectual contributor of the highest order.”

“The end of one journey will begin another,” said AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette.  Both Ted and Jim will be involved in ambitious plans for expanding the AHI’s reach.  Words fail in expressing my personal debt of gratitude to both gentlemen for what they have given to the AHI.  Both stood tall when the agreement to establish a campus center collapsed under pressure from assorted malefactors.”

At Hamilton College, Professor Bradfield taught courses in microeconomics and in the theory of financial markets. He has written (with Jeffrey Baldani and Robert Turner) Mathematical Economics, now published in a second edition (2005) by Thomson-Southwestern Learning, and Introduction to the Economics of Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2007). He was awarded a prize for excellence in teaching in 2006 by the Hamilton Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. In 2007, the Student Assembly of Hamilton College awarded him the Sidney Wertimer, Jr., prize for excellence in teaching. He is an active member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.

Professor Eismeier graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and received his PhD with Distinction from Yale University. A recipient of the Class of 1962 Outstanding Teacher Award, he taught courses in American political institutions and public policy and directed the Hamilton College Semester in Washington Program. He is the editor with Douglas W. Rae of Public Policy and Public Choice (Sage, 1979). He is the author, with Philip H. Pollock, of Business, Money, and the Rise of Corporate PACs in American Politics (Quorum Books, 1988), and has published widely in professional journals on the subject of campaign finance. He is currently working on a project on the Hudson River and the Politics of Place. He resides in Poughkeepsie with his wife Betsy.

“I cannot begin to describe what Jim and Ted have meant to hundreds of students over the years,” added Doug Ambrose. Those students knew, some at the moment, others over time, that Jim and Ted cared for them in the most important way that a teacher can care—by taking them seriously, respecting them by challenging their assumptions and demanding that they defend their positions with reason and evidence.  By refusing to allow students to rest comfortably and complacently, Jim and Ted made them better by reminding them, as all great teachers do, never to settle for mediocrity in their teachers and, especially, in themselves.”

Click here to read ceremony presentation to honor James Bradfield.

Click here to read ceremony presentation to honor Theodore J. Eismeier.