AHI to offer free ‘science and government’ course for teachers and students

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CLINTON — The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization is offering a new course, “Science and Government,” as part of its continuing education program.

It will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday evenings, Feb. 4 through May 6, at 21 W. Park Row. AHI courses are open to the public and high school teachers and students may participate.

All course materials are provided free of charge and professional credit is available for teachers. 

“Science and Government” will begin by considering the nature of scientific research and knowledge and the federal government’s long-standing role in fostering its development.

The rest of the semester will examine several major policy areas that are strongly influenced by science such as health care and medicine; energy; environmental protection issues, including climate change; natural resources and agriculture; defense technology; biotechnology, including related ethical issues; and the frontiers of high technology and its impact on jobs.

The course will also investigate the social sciences’ role in government and the competition between scientific knowledge, political beliefs and moral values in the shaping of public policy.

“The natural sciences and their enormous progress have been a fundamental element of Western civilization for centuries and in human life worldwide for a century or more,” said Dr. David Frisk, AHI resident fellow who will serve as the course’s instructor.

“Science’s findings have major effects on public policy in a wide variety of crucial areas. We will have an exciting opportunity to look closely at something that doesn’t get a great deal of attention in the study of American government.”

Dr. Frank Price, a biologist and retired college professor, is providing assistance in the development of the course.

The class will follow the institute’s usual lecture-plus-discussion format. The readings will total about 25 pages per week. Each class includes a break for refreshments, also provided free of charge by AHI.

Advance signup is required. To register or for more information, contact Frisk by e-mail at dfrisk@theahi.org or by calling 315-381-3335, or AHI president Dr. Robert Paquette at 315-292-2267.

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