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"Hold the mirror up to nature"

           Benjamin B. Alexander, Professor, held an interdisciplinary appointment (1992-2018) in English and Political Science at Franciscan University of Steubenville (tenured 2008, retired, 2018). He chaired the English Department from 1992-1996. He taught courses spanning a wide range in the fields of literature and political philosophy, including Shakespeare and literature of the European Renaissance. 
      He also frequently taught in Franciscan University’s Honors Program of "great books" where he offered seminars in the Renaissance (Shakespeare, Milton, Machiavelli, Metaphysical poets) and modern periods (existential writers and thinkers, (James Joyce, William Faulkner. et.al.)  He incorporated writers of color (Ralph Ellison) in the seminar on modernism.

        He received his undergraduate degree (with Honors) from Sewanee (the Univ. of the South) where he studied Shakespeare with Charles T. Harrison, a student of George Lyman Kittridge of Harvard.  Dr. Alexander received his M. A. and Ph.D. in literature from the University of Dallas, with political philosophy as a secondary field.  He studied with students of the famed political theorist, Leo Strauss, including Allan Bloom, who stressed the importance of Shakespeare as a political thinker.

       Dr. Alexander has held faculty appointments at Hillsdale College from 1981 to 1986 (tenured, 1985; he received tenure twice on two different faculties, a rare achievement). He also has taught at 

  •   Hampden-Sydney College, 

   ⦁    George Mason University, 
   ⦁    Catholic University of America, 
   ⦁    Washington College (Maryland),
   ⦁    Marymount University (Virginia), and
   ⦁    Augusta State (Ga.).

      In addition to his academic appointments Dr. Alexander was a speechwriter/ consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Education (1991-92), specializing in accreditation standards,  parental rights, and school choice. He also served in the communications division of HHS and USIA. He was assigned by USIA to observe the Gorbachev-Bush summit in 1990 and was in close proximity of the Soviet General Secretary and his KGB entourage. The scenario was Shakesperean. He has served as an expert jurist for the National Endowment for the Humanities where he evaluated grants for agency funding.    

Shakespeare and Citizenship
      Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

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