Budget conference: $10M for UF Hamilton Center

Fighting 'cancel culture' is expensive.

The Legislature is showing its commitment to civil discourse with an eight-figure appropriation to the state’s flagship university.

The Hamilton Center is on track to get $10 million in the budget, with the House and Senate Conference Committee on Higher Ed Appropriations agreeing to the number.

The center’s core mission is “to help students develop the knowledge, habits of thought, analytical skills, and character to be citizens and leaders in a free society.” It has been framed as a necessary response to “cancel culture.”

“Coordination is required with the FSU Institute of Politics; the FIU Adam Smith Center — Study of Economic Freedom, K-12 School District Patriotic Programs,” per the funding request.

The spend is intended to help “UF’s renewed commitment to civil disagreement/debate in an intellectually diverse community to support/challenge one another” via “new curricular offerings; lectures/debates/symposia on matters of public importance; expanded civics resources/teacher training; increased focus on ideas, traditions, and texts forming the foundation of Western/American Civilization.”

Just six courses are being offered this semester: “Happiness and Well-Being” and literary deep dives into Nicomachean Ethics, the “Political writings of Rousseau,” John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” Homer’s “The Odyssey,” and Dante’s “Purgatorio.”

The Hamilton Center also hosted one event this month on April 20, a “What is Western Civilization?” discussion between two professors, Anthony Grafton (Princeton) and James Hankins (Harvard).

Budget conference subcommittees will meet throughout the week to resolve differences in each area. When remaining issues reach an impasse, they will be “bumped” to the full budget conference committee.

Lawmakers must reach an agreement on a final spending plan by May 2 to meet the 72-hour “cooling off” period required by the state constitution before they can vote on the budget to avoid pushing the Regular Session past its scheduled May 5 end date.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Acid Head Ed 🖕

    April 24, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Trump got cancelled. Tucker Carlson got cancelled. DeSantis is gonna get cancelled. Get woke or go broke btches.

  • It's Complicated

    May 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Trump got cancelled by the Left, the Center, and the Right. It’s a character (and possibly a mental health) issue for Trump. DeSantis won Florida by 19 points 7-months ago, which does not look like the precursor to being cancelled. He may not make it to the national stage for 2024, but that doesn’t mean he’s finished.

    The fact is companies that engage in wokeness have suffered financially for the decision, particularly broadcasters (and beer companies, LOL). FOX will be no exception if they choose that path. Currently, FOX has 3X the viewership of ALL of their Network & Cable competitors combined. Given there are few cable or network alternatives for conservative viewers if FOX takes that path, it opens a huge market interruption opportunity for someone who is capable of scaling up to fill the need. FOX is currently at nearly 10X the viewership of the 2nd place conservative outlet, and again, about 2X bigger than the next nine online conservative competitors, combined. Top candidates that come to mind are The Gateway Pundit, Breitbart, Newsmax, and maybe even some of the lesser ones like The Blaze and Prager U. Each has their shortcomings, credibility issues, and identities that are associated with various segments of the right-of-center continuum of viewers, so it is possible that more than one could emerge as a champion.

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