Robert Lewit, board member of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, has published an article on the AHI’s inaugural colloquium inInside Academe (volume 3, no. 3-4, 2008), an ACTA publication. Mr. Lewit attended “Liberty and Slavery: The Civil War between Gerrit Smith and George Fitzhugh, on April 10-12, at the Turning Stone Resort.“While over 200 attended the conference [on the meaning of freedom],” Mr. Lewit noted, “most significant were the 60 students from Hamilton, Harvard, and Colgate who had studied the [prescribed] primary source material and made significant contributions to the colloquium.” Mr. Lewit went on to say, “[T]he AHI is creatively demonstrating what can be done for student education by a small, determined group of alumni and faculty who brought ‘this oasis of excellence’ to fruition.”
Samantha Feldman, a recent graduate of Colgate University who was awarded one of the inaugural Menges Prizes for the quality of her contributions to the colloquium, had this to say in a recent communication: “Participating in the colloquium was the only experience of it’s kind that I had while at Colgate — I appreciate what the AHI put together. Writing the paper was an equally unique experience — I constantly found myself in a state of flow while researching and writing (I’m actually a psych major)!”
The AHI thanks Mr. Lewit and Ms. Feldman for their generous words. Those interested in attending our second major colloquium–on property rights–should mark April 30-May 2. The Turning Stone Resort will once again host the event. We will post details in the weeks ahead.
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