ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.
ACTA extends a heartfelt congratulations to our longtime friend and ally Professor Robert Paquette on winning the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom! The prize, named in honor of former Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, is awarded by the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
Professor Paquette is a staunch defender of academic freedom and a believer in the importance of studying the foundations of Western civilization. It was this passion that led him to co-found the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Hamilton College. Dr. Paquette faced backlash from entrenched university interests when he started the Institute, but it has since grown into a flourishing organization that brings together exemplary scholars and stellar students to explore great texts and timeless ideas. Professor Paquette is also a scholar of history and has authored many books, including Sugar Is Made with Blood: The Conspiracy of La Escalera and the Conflict between Empires over Slavery in Cuba and History and Women, Culture and Faith: Selected Writings of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese.
Not only does Dr. Paquette support many of the same causes we do at ACTA, he has also served as a mentor to many extraordinary Hamilton students and has guided them towards ACTA’s summer internship program.
Dr. Paquette surely deserves this honor and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
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