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This past week, the College held its first “CCA”, or Center for Creative alternatives, conference on campus in Michigan. The subject was “Critical American Elections”, and in the afternoons from Sunday through Tuesday, we listened to many different speakers, on critical elections, including those of 1800, 1860 (lecture by Prof. Kevin Portteus of Hillsdale); 1876 (lecture by Michael Barone); 1932 and 1980 (lecture by Charles Kesler); and 2020 (lectures by Andrew Busch and Phillip Kline). We also heard a great talk on election integrity from John Lott.
Ricochet members attending were @westernchauvinist and her hubby, @rushbabe49, and @raykujawa (RushBabe’s hubby). Funny thing, we just happened to be staying at the same bed-and-breakfast in Jonesville, too, so we had great breakfasts every day before heading to campus. It turns out that a particular Ricochet member is a professor at Hillsdale; the person, in fact, who was instrumental (unknown to himself) in my joining Ricochet in the first place! So, on Tuesday, I emailed that Ricochet member, to see if he would be around to meet up with us for a quick conversation while we all were on campus.
Eureka! It turned out that he is actually on sabbatical, but was on campus to take care of some business. He replied to my email that he would be available at the end of the last lecture. So, for a few wonderful minutes (before he had to leave, and we had to be at dinner), we met up with Dr. Paul Rahe, who teaches history at Hillsdale. We had a delightful conversation, and I was thrilled to finally meet him in person. Here we are.
I’m sure we will be going to the campus again, and when we do, we should have a longer meetup so we can really get to know the good professor. Ray and I are endowing a scholarship at Hillsdale, so we will have many reasons to visit campus in the coming months. I urge anyone who is unhappy with the way things are going in “higher” education these days, to ditch your old alma mater, and adopt Hillsdale as a surrogate alma mater, since they are the last bastion of Liberty and true education in America.Published in