The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) will offer a continuing education class this fall on “Liberty: The History of an Idea.” Like all AHI courses, it will be free and open to the public.

The class will meet on Monday evenings from September 10 to December 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at AHI headquarters, 21 W. Park Row in Clinton. The readings, as well as snacks and refreshments, will be provided free of charge. College and high school students are most welcome. Professional credit for teachers is available.

“The belief in liberty, both political and economic, is a fundamental building block of America and our entire civilization,” notes instructor Dr. David Frisk, Resident Fellow at AHI. “It is also a unifying common value in our diverse society. At the same time, people disagree about which aspects of freedom are most important—and how much emphasis should be placed on other values such as economic security, national security, public safety, morality, and tradition.  Our class will look at how the idea of freedom developed and grew stronger over the centuries, what it means today, and some of the ways in which our society has tried to strike a balance between freedom and other principles. As always, our readings and discussions will reflect a variety of perspectives.”

AHI Resident Fellow David Frisk

Each class session will begin with a lecture and proceed to a discussion. There will be a short break for coffee and snacks. Readings will total about 25 pages per week.

Dr. Frisk holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, with specialties in American politics and political philosophy. He is the author of the widely acclaimed biography If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement (ISI Books, 2012). In addition to teaching the AHI’s popular adult courses in political science and history since 2013, he assists with its reading groups for students at Hamilton College.

For more information or to sign up, please contact the instructor (, 315-381-3335) or the AHI’s director, Professor Robert Paquette (, 315-292-2267). Due to the popularity of our classes, early signup is encouraged because seating is limited.