Professor of History Robert Paquette was awarded the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Ronald Reagan Banquet on March 7 in Washington, D.C. The prize honors the memory of Kirkpatrick, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for her fierce defense of academic freedom. It was awarded by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
Paquette, a co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), is an expert on conservative thought and an advocate for the freedom of expression on college campuses. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He is also the author of many books and articles 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.
“The study and teaching of Western Civilization is fading from college campuses,” said Michael W. Grebe, president and CEO of the Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation. “Robert Paquette’s scholarship ensures that students will gain an understanding of society's foundations and how to meet future challenges.”