For you history buffs out there, ASU Gammage has a free event exploring the explosive relationship between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. 

“Burr, Hamilton and the Drama of America’s Founding” will explore the explosive relationship between Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the wider drama of America’s founding. Burr and Hamilton lived in the same city, worked in the same profession, occasionally worked together, had both fought in the Revolutionary War, and seemingly had cordial personal relations.  It was politics that put them on a collision course.

The event will feature acclaimed historian Nancy Isenberg, author of “Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr,” and Hamilton scholar Peter McNamara of Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. The discussion will be moderated by Paul Carrese the Director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

Those attending will also have the rare opportunity to see a first edition of The Federalist on display at ASU Gammage.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

Where: ASU Gammage 


Nancy Isenberg is the author of Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Biography and won the Oklahoma Book Award for best book in Nonfiction. She is the coauthor, with Andrew Burstein, of Madison and Jefferson. She is the T. Harry Williams Professor in American History at LSU, and writes regularly for Isenberg is the winner of the 2016 Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was #4 on the 2016 Politico 50 list.

Peter McNamara is a member of Arizona State University’s new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.  His research and teaching focuses on American Political Thought, Early Modern Political Thought, and Political Economy. He is the author of Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic and the editor of The Noblest Minds: Fame, Honor and the American Founding, and (with Louis Hunt), Liberalism, Conservatism and Hayek’s Idea of Spontaneous Order.