Although truly civil discourse can be rare in the current political environment, the University of Dallas chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society exists to further such discourse on campus. To accomplish this goal the organization holds weekly discussion meetings, led by the officers, on a variety of topics. “We also sponsor two debates per semester on topics relating to foreign policy, national security and economics,” said Maggie Gasser, president of the UD chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society. The national AHS organization assists campus chapters by recruiting speakers and coordinating their arrangements.
Gasser said that the UD chapter’s members come from majors across the university like politics, economics, business and journalism. “Since UD doesn’t have very many classes on U.S. foreign policy, the programs AHS supports bring interesting perspectives to campus,” said Gasser.
Gasser also said that her experience with the Alexander Hamilton Society has influenced her personally. “I visited Poland during my Rome semester,” she said. “And then I returned the following summer for a language program. I’m interested now in working in foreign policy in that region.”
The Alexander Hamilton Society’s last meeting of the semester will be held on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in Gorman C. The discussion–entitled “Trouble in Pacific Paradise?”–will focus on the China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and will be led by AHS Speaker Randy Shriver and Dr. Hiro Takeuchi of Southern Methodist University. UD’s Dr. Mark Petersen will moderate.