The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) and The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization at Colgate University co-sponsored the Sixth Annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium April 18-20, 2013, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.  The colloquium was devoted to the theme of civilizational struggle in the work of Samuel Huntington, one of the most influential political scientists of his generation. Dr. James Kurth, Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and one of Samuel Huntington’s former students was the keynote.


In addition to keynote speaker James R. Kurth, the colloquium featured a number of distinguished panelists and participants including:

Steve Ealy, Senior Fellow, Liberty Fund

James S. Robbins, Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs, The Washington Times

Kenneth Minogue, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Honorary Fellow at the London School of Economics

Peter Coclanis, Associate Provost, International Affairs, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tim Fuller, Professor of Political Science, Colorado College

Elizabeth Corey, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baylor University

Paul Franco, Professor of Government, Bowdoin College

Doug Macdonald, Associate Professor of Political Science, Colgate University

Ray Douglas, Professor of History, Colgate University

David Frisk, Eismeier Fellow, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

Khaleel Mohammed, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, San Diego State University

Dr. Charles Asher Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) and Koret Distinguished Scholar at the Hoover Institution

Alexandra Wilhelmsen, Professor of Spanish, University of Dallas

Robert Kraynak (event co-sponsor), Professor of Government and Director, Center for Freedom and Western Civilization, Colgate University

Robert L. Paquette (event co-sponsor), Charter Fellow, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

Session Readings Included:

Session I:  Huntington v Fukuyama: One World or Many?

Francis Fukuyama, “The End of History?” The National Interest, no. 16, (Summer 1989): 3-35 Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations,” Foreign Affairs, 72 (Summer 1993): 22-49. John Lukacs, “Francis Fukuyama and Graham Fuller,” in Remembered Past: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge. A Reader(Wilmington, DE, 2005), 352-55. James Kurth, “Samuel Huntington (1927-2008): Ideas Have Consequences,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, (January 2009).

Session II:  What Is a Civilization?

Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations (New York, 1996), chs. 1-3, pp. 40-101.

Session III:  Huntington and the Clash of Civilizations

Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations (New York, 1996), chs. 4-7, pp. 102-178.

Session IV:  Huntington and His Critics

Tony Blair, “Speech to Chicago Council on Global Affairs,”23  April 2009. Shireen T. Hunter, “Introduction,” The Future of Islam and the West (1998), pp. 1-30 Amartya Sen, “Civilizational Confinement,” in Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (New York, 2006), pp. 40-58 Alan Wolfe, “Native Son: Samuel Huntington Defends the Homeland,” Foreign Affairs, 83 (May-June, 2004):120-25.

Session V:  Clashes within Civilizations

Samuel P. Huntington, Who are We? (New York, 2004), pp. 141-177,  264-273 James Kurth, “The Real Clash,” National Interest, 3 (Fall 1994): 3-15. Walter Lacqueur, The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent (New York, 2007), pp. 167-98.

Session VI:  The Future of the West

Bernard Lewis, “The Roots of Muslim Rage,” Atlantic Monthly, September 1990,  pp. 47-60 John Lukacs, “The State at the End of the Modern Age,” The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age (New York, 1993), pp.242-271 Kenneth Minogue, “How Civilizations Fall,” The New Criterion, 19 (April 2001) Roger Scruton, “Conclusion,” in The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat (Wilmington, DE, 2002), pp. 157-162.