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Martin Discusses Alexander Hamilton and “Fake News”


Robert Martin, the Sidney Wertimer Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring, was invited to discuss “Fake News” in a lecture at the opening reception for an exhibition about the life and times of Alexander Hamilton at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford.

In his lecture, Martin explored Hamilton’s, along with Jefferson’s and Madison’s, evolving theories of freedom of the press.

He noted that about 100 people attended the lecture and asked a lot of questions. He also said he "managed to avoid discussing Maria Reynolds..."

The exhibition, “Hamilton: His World, His Words, His Hair,” runs through Feb. 23. The display includes letters written by Hamilton and a lock of his hair, as well as other items related to historical characters appearing in the musical Hamilton.

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