Have you seen Hamilton: The Musical? Love the soundtrack? Enjoy a book about the man or musical? Follow the show’s social media accounts? Appreciate American history?
We are not throwing away our shot...to bring fans and history buffs for this lively discussion on Hamilton and American Democracy!
All ages are welcome to this fun, interactive discussion on Hamilton and American Democracy, brought to you by the Graduate Commons Program Harvard Votes Challenge team, Common Spaces, and GSAS/SEAS Harvard Votes Challenge team.
Here are details of how to watch the film, listen to the soundtrack, make a themed cocktail/mocktail, engage in some history trivia, make some Hamilton-themed crafts, and learn about the Harvard Votes challenge initiative.
Watch the Hamilton Film
If you don't have a Disney+ account, here is an article on how to get it, and remember that a free trial lasts 7 days before rolling over to monthly billing. Watching the film prior to our chat is optional.
Interactive ideas for Hamilton fans of all ages!
- Printable Hamilton Paper Dolls
- Make your own Tricorn Colonial Hat
- Test your 18th Century Knowledge
- Buzzfeed’s Guess the Song based on the Emojis
Free Content (Audio and Reading Material):
Libraries are great resources for free materials.
- The Harvard Library Network
- Hollis (more titles available if you sign in with a HarvardKey)
- Public Library networks require a Library Card in order to check out materials (in person and via their virtual databases), but hold many titles that may be of interest.
- The Cambridge Public Library
- The Somerville Public Library
- The Boston Public Library
Wishing to blast some music before tuning in? Check out these recordings.
Content warning: some lyrics are explicit.
*Free streaming of both is included in Amazon Prime memberships.
*Non-Explicit versions can be found on:
More of a reader? Check out these Hamilton and Hamilton-related books!
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (the one that inspired the musical), click here
- Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider by Jean Fritz (a children’s book for ages 8-12), click here
- The Constitution of the United States of America, click here
- The Federalist Papers, click here to read; click here to learn about
Here are some of our favorite cocktails/mocktails to make before, during, or after our discussion (recipes linked).
- A pint of Sam Adams (or your favorite brew)
- The Lafayette (a classic French 75)
- The Aaron Burrbon Smash (a summery Blackberry Bourbon Smash)
- The Schuyler Spritzer (a 3-ingredient refreshing wine spritzer of my own creation). For this, you’ll need equal parts white wine and diet lemon-lime soda/sparkling water, and a splash of fruit juice—I am currently loving pineapple, but any juice or juice combination works. Once combined, add ice and a garnish (if desired) and enjoy!
- The Southern Democratic Republican (a Southern Spiked Peach Tea). Don’t have peach vodka? I suggest muddling peaches before adding the other ingredients or blending all ingredients to make a slushie cocktail
- The Room Where Gin Happens (a twist on the classic Gin & Tonic)
*To make any of these a mocktail, leave out the alcohol and/or sub in your favorite sparkling water, ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda. See here for additional summer mocktails we are currently loving.
Harvard Votes Challenge
We also hope to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Harvard Votes Challenge initiative! For more information about the Harvard Votes Challenge, visit their website. Here you can find voter information and resources for campus action.
Visit Engage if you're interested in joining the GSAS/SEAS Harvard Votes Challenge team, and then click on the blue "Join" button.
*The Harvard Votes Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative that strives to build civic culture by increasing voter registration and participation across the Harvard Community.
Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions may contact the GSAS Student Center in advance of the event.
GSAS Student Center
GSAS Harvard Votes Challenge