Jane Ziolkowski, contributing writer
The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) will be opening the semester with its first open-house lecture of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 18th. This organization, which is relatively new to the University of Dallas, is an independent, non-partisan membership society that promotes discussion and debate on current policy issues.
The upcoming lecture will be given by Mitchell Muncy, UD alumnus and executive director of AHS. He will be discussing “The Inhumanity of American Foreign Policy,” which will highlight the importance of the humanities in policy debate.
Ben Gibbs, junior history major and AHS president, hopes this year’s events will be as successful as the chapter’s inaugural event last spring, at which students gathered to hear Gregory McNeal, an associate professor of law at Pepperdine University, speak about the history of drone strikes and the legal justification for kill lists. McNeal’s lecture, titled “Kill-Lists and Authority,” drew over 50 students.
Will Chavey, president of the student body and vice president of UD’s AHS chapter, found that the information from the event and the new understanding that he gained from it “brought subsequent conversations with friends to a higher level.”
There are currently 50 AHS chapters on college campuses nationwide, UD having recently joined their ranks. The AHS also supports professional chapters in New York, Palo Alto and Washington, D.C. The organization is open to anyone who is interested in informed discussions of contemporary issues.
This semester, the AHS will sponsor several lectures, debates and small-group discussions that will touch on politics, history, economics, religious freedom and diplomacy. They will be relevant to all UD students, however, regardless of major.
“Econ, English, pre-med, what have you. There’s really going to be something there for everyone,” said Gibbs.
The AHS encourages spirited discussion of economic policy, national security policy and international relations. Knowledge of these topics will benefit many college students, according to Chavey.
“U.S. foreign policy can, and often does, affect people in the United States directly,” he said. “And a lot of times, foreign policy is a lot more complicated than people think. It is good to have a knowledge of what is happening when it comes to our country’s foreign policy.”
For UD students looking to further enhance their education, the Alexander Hamilton Society provides an opportunity for them “to broaden their understanding of the ever-changing world we live in,” said Gibbs. “The topics that will be covered will touch on various disciplines taught within our liberal arts education and connect them to the world of international affairs.”