The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that board member Stephen Balch and Senior Fellow Daniel Mahoney will be among an impressive line-up of speakers at the Center for Political and Economic Thought (CPET) Culture and Policy Conference, April 11-13 at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, PA.

Dr. Stephen  Balch is the founder and president of the National Association of Scholars, America’s largest and most active membership organization of scholars committed to higher education reform. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and, for fourteen years, was a member of the Government faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and has played an important role in the founding of four other higher education reform organizations. He is the author of a variety of articles on the problems of higher education, his comments appear frequently in the media, and he has spoken before academic and general audiences on many campuses.

Daniel J. Mahoney is Augustine Professor of Distinguished Scholarship and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 1986. He received his Ph.D. from Catholic University in February 1989. His areas of scholarly expertise include statesmanship, religion and politics, French politics and political philosophy, and antitotalitarian thought. His books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992, 1998 for the French edition), De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy(1996, 2000), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent From Ideology (2001, 2008 for the augmented French edition) and Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity (2005). He has also edited or co-edited many books including, most notably, The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005(2006).  Mahoney’s essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in a wide range of public and scholarly journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have also appeared in French, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Norwegian, Czech, and Russian translation. His latest book, The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends, was published by ISI books in 2011. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Prix Raymond Aron, an award named after the distinguished French political thinker, who renewed Tocqueville’s conservative-minded liberalism and vigorously opposed totalitarianism in all its forms.