The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Lt. Colonel Eric Hannis, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC, will deliver the Second Annual Josiah Bunting, III Veterans Day Lecture, Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fillius Events Barn Lobby, Beinecke Student Activities Village, Hamilton College. The event entitled “Continentals at War: Hamiltonians and their Impact on our National Security” is open to the public.

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Colonel Hannis has served on Capitol Hill, in the Pentagon, on active duty military duty as a U.S. Air Force officer, and in the private sector. He has published articles on national security and foreign affairs U.S. News & World Report,,,, GX–The Guard Experience (official magazine of the National Guard), among other publications. In the private sector, he was Vice President and head of the defense practice at the Russ Reid Company, a government relations firm, as well as Executive Director at Etherton and Associates, a defense consulting firm. Hannis currently serves as a Lt Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as the German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge, gold level. He graduated with honors from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity, and holds a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law with a certificate of specialization in international law.

In 2013, the AHI established an annual lecture on Veterans Day in honor of General Josiah Bunting, III, Charter Member of the AHI’s Board of Directors. General Bunting was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963. He subsequently studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. During active duty with the United States Army, he served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division. During his military career, General Bunting received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal–2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Subsequently, he taught history at West Point and at the Naval War College. His administrative experience in higher education includes: President, Briarcliff College (1973-1977); President, Hampden-Sydney College (1977-1987); and Superintendent, VMI (1995-2003). General Bunting has published four novels, including The Lionheads (G. Braziller, 1972), a best-seller that was selected by Time Magazine as one of “The Ten Best Novels” of 1973. More recently, he has completed several works of non-fiction An Education for Our Time (Regnery 1998) and a biography Ulysses S. Grant (Times Book, 2004). He is chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s National Civic Literacy Board, and president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He also served on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.