The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization’s (AHI) is pleased to announce that Professor Douglas Egerton, Department of History at Le Moyne College, will be the inaugural speaker for the Publius Society’s fall Presidential Election series. Professor Egerton will speak on “The Election of 1860,” on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 4:20 p.m., Room 127 (Red Pit) Kirner-Johnson Building, Hamilton College. The meeting is open to the public.

Publius Society Inaugural speaker Professor Douglas Egerton from Le Moyne College

Professor Douglas Egerton is a prize-winning historian at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and author of Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War.  He has also written numerous essays and reviews regarding race in early America; some of the latter have appeared in the Sunday Boston Globe and The Nation. He has appeared on the PBS series “Africans in America” (1998) and “This Far by Faith” (2002). During the 2011-12 academic year, Professor Egerton held the Mary Ball Washington Chair (Fulbright) at the University College Dublin.

The Publius Society is an AHI Undergraduate Fellows program for those with a common interest in exploring outside the confines of the classroom, important issues of the American constitutional order and how they bear on contemporary politics. In 2012-2013 the AHI’s Publius Society will focus on presidential elections in American history.