Alexander Hamilton, Obsession with Storytelling, Title IX

Alexander Hamilton, Obsession with Storytelling, Title IX

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

  • Jul 7, 2016 9:00 pm
  • 1:41:56 mins

From the Vaults: Alexander Hamilton's Death Guests: Matt Mason, PhD, Associate Professor of History, BYU; Russ Taylor, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, BYU Next week marks the 212th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton’s death from wounds sustained in a duel. On July 11, 1804, the Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, fatally shot his long-time political rival Alexander Hamilton, a noted Federalist who had been the first Secretary of the Treasury of the US. Hamilton died the next day. Here at Brigham Young University, the library’s Special Collections houses an original letter written by Dirck ten Broeck, a former law clerk under Hamilton, who, in fact, had an appointment to see Hamilton on that fateful afternoon. The meeting never happened, but ten Broeck was there with Hamilton when he died and he wrote this letter to tell his father what happened during those tragic events. See a scan of the letter here. American Obsession with Storytelling Guest: Qi Wang, PhD, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University and author of “The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture” America is the home of Facebook, epicenter of the selfie culture. From memoirs and blogs to reality TV and Snapchat, we seem driven to divulge the intimate details of our lives.  Psychologist Qi Wang goes so far as to say that Americans are obsessed with telling their own stories – a notion foreign to many other cultures. Wang is a professor of human development at Cornell University and author of the 2013 book, “Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture.”  Gender, Education and Title IX Guests: Robin Fretwell Wilson, JD, Director, Family Law and Policy Program, University of Illinois College of Law; Kif Augustine Adams, JD, Professor of Law, BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School; Michael Austin, PhD, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Newman University where he oversees Title IX (NOTE: Since this interview was recorded in May 2016, Michael Austin has become Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Evansville.) Title IX is the federal law that made colleges give female athletes their due on campuses and playing fields. But there’s a lot more to it than just sports. The Obama Administration used it as the basis for guidance sent this spring to all public schools saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Title IX is also at the heart of a struggle on college campuses across the nation about how best to prevent sexual assault and respond to reports of it. BYU is among the schools wrestling with that.  We will explore the history of Title IX and its expanding role as a civil rights doctrine in US education.