The Alexander Hamilton Institute will hold its Third Annual Summer Conference June 27-28.  Paul Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will direct five sessions on the theme of “Economic Liberty and Literature in  the plays of William Shakespeare and Benjamin Jonson.” Professor Cantor is not only an internationally known authority on Shakespeare but an intellectual of great range and erudition.  He was Ludwig von Mises last student and has taught courses in political theory with Harvey Mansfield of Harvard University.

The AHI co-sponsors a summer conference annually with the Department of Political Science at Baylor University.  Professor Mary Nichols and Professor David Nichols of Baylor’s Department of Political Science, organize the conference in conjunction with the AHI.  Conferees will include professors from colleges and universities across the United States as well as graduate students from Baylor’s political science department.  At the end of each session members of the audience will be allowed to ask questions of the conferees.

The conference is open to the public, although limited seating is available.  Several Hamilton undergraduates will be attending.  Those interested in attending should contact Professor Robert Paquette, co-founder of the AHI, at or 315-859-4410.


Monday June 27

9:30 Breakfast at the Alexander Hamilton Institute

10:45 Welcome and Introduction – Robert Paquette and Mary Nichols

Session 1


Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

Recommended edition: Signet Classic, ed. Sylvan Barnet (ISBN 0-451-52779-8)

12:30-1:30 Lunch, Alexander Hamilton Institute

Session 2


The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson

Recommended edition: Penguin Classic, Volpone and Other Plays, ed. Michael Jamiesen (ISBN 0-141-44118-6)

Session 3

3:30-5:00 (Reading is the same as session 2)

6:30 – Picnic at Hatch Lake, hosted by the Nichols and sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Institute

Tuesday, June 28

9:30 Breakfast at the Alexander Hamilton Institute

Session 4


The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare

Recommended edition:  Signet Classic, ed. Kenneth Myrick, (ISBN 0-451-52680-5)

12:30-1:30    Lunch, Alexander Hamilton Institute

Session 5

1:30-3:00 (Reading is the same as session 4)