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Annual Symposium: “Balancing Security, Liberty, and Privacy in a Post 9/11 World, April 8 – 9, 2015


    Day 1: April 8, 2015

  • Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Venue: Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Keynote: Richard Clarke, Cyber Security Expert, Former Counterterrorism Advisor and Czar under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush & Best-Selling author

    Author Book-signing to follow
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    Day 2: April 9, 2015

  • Venue: CIMS, Louise Slaughter Hall
    Rooms 2210-2240 (Second floor)
    Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 9:00am – 10:30am, Panel 1: Public and Private Sector Roles in Balancing Security, Liberty and Privacy
    • Dr. Samuel McQuade, RIT Department of Public Policy
    Featured Speakers:
    • Lisa Hayes, Center for Democracy and Technology
    • Patrick Morrissey, former Special Agent with the US Secret Service
    • Dr. Rick Mislan, Visiting Assistant Professor, RIT-GCCIS Department of Computing Security
  • 10:30am – 11:00am (BREAK)
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm, Panel 2: The Academic Role in Balancing America’s Security, Liberty and Privacy
    • Dr. Nathan Fisk, Visiting Professor, RIT Department of Public Policy
    Featured Speakers:
    • Andrew Phelps, Director, RIT MAGIC Center
    • Dr. Christopher Egert, Associate Director, RIT MAGIC Center; GCCIS School of Interactive Games & Media
    • Dr. Jessica Lyons, Visiting Professor, RIT Department of Public Policy

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American Statesmanship & Political Greatness, February 6, 2015


To immerse area high school students in a college learning experience led by top teacher-scholars who seek to enrich their understanding of the role of statesmanship in American history and government. The content, sources, and instruction provided also seeks to help students prepare for the AP exam.

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Friday Feb. 6th, 2015
Rochester Institute of Technology,
CIMS, Louise Slaughter Hall
Rooms 2210-2240 (Second floor)


9:00-9:30: Introduction: "Reviving Statesmanship"
—Dr. Joseph R. Fornieri, Director of the Center for Statesmanship at RIT

9:30-10:20: "The New Science of Politics: The Statesmanship of Publius in Federalist Papers 9, 10, & 51"
—Dr. Sean Sutton, Chair of Political Science Dept. at RIT

10:30-11:20:: "Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: The Political Leadership of a Radical Reformer & Statesman"
—Dr. Joseph R. Fornieri, Political Science Dept. at RIT

11:30-12:30: Lunch (1 hour)

12:30-1:20: "The Hamiltonian vs. Jeffersonian Vision of the American Republic"
—Dr. John Daly, History Dept. at SUNY Brockport

1:30-2:20: "The Political Leadership of Two Local Ladies: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony",
—Dr. Rebecca Edwards, Chair of History Dept. at RIT

  • 35 minute lecture-15 minute Q&A
  • 10 minute break in-between each session
  • 1 hour Lunch

Registration Fee for each student:      $10.00
Teachers:                                             Free

Registration Deadline: January 5th. "First Come First Serve" basis. Limited availability

Fee includes all lectures, lunch, and document package Students are responsible for their own travel to and from the event

Checks must be made to the RIT / Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty.

All checks should be mailed to:
c/o Cassandra Shellman
Assistant for the Center for Statesmanship Law, and Liberty
Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Liberal Arts,
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

For further information please contact:
Joseph Fornieri
Professor of Political Science

A republic if you can keep it: Virtue, Statesmanship, and the Constitution, September 18, 2014

Bruce Frohnen (see below) will be delivering a second lecture on the moral demands of the Constitution and the role that statesmanship, character, and virtue plays in sustaining self-government according to the Founders.

The Constitution & Religious Liberty, September 17, 2014

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The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty (the Center), are pleased to announce that Bruce Frohnen, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University will deliver the Seventh Annual David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at RIT, Building 8, College of Science, Room 1250. Dr. Frohnen is an authority on religion in American public life, and will speak on "The Constitution and Religious Liberty." The event is open to the public.

Immediately following the lecture, there will be a panel discussion on the two most recent Supreme Court cases involving religious liberty, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, 2014 and the local case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, 2014 which will be led by Professors Joseph R. Fornieri, Director of the Center and Professor Lauren Hall.

Dr. Bruce Frohnen has served as a Visiting Scholar with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a Legislative Aide to United States Senator Spencer Abraham, and a Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. His two most recent volumes, The American Nation: Primary Sources and Rethinking Rights (edited with Kenneth Grasso) were named Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. His articles have appeared in journals including the George Washington Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and the American Journal of Jurisprudence. His research interests focus on religion and American public life, the nature, development, and prospects for constitutionalism and human rights given changing views regarding the nature of human community and the person. He holds a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

The Lecture honors Judge David Aldrich Nelson (1932-2010), a charter member of the AHI’s board of directors who served for more than two decades on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The First Annual Statesmanship Colloquium, April 10 – 11, 2014

April 10 & April 11, 2014
Free & Open to the Public

Schedule of Events

    April 10th

  • 7:00pm Keynote Speaker Allen C. Guelzo, “Lincoln’s Statesmanship on the Emancipation Proclamation” Booth Hall, Webb Auditorium, Room 1350, RIT

    April 11th

  • 9:00am Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, “Judicial Statesmanship,” Student Innovation Hall, RIT.
  • 10:30am Joseph Fornieri, “Reviving Statesmanship”.
  • 3:30pm Artist Wendy Allen-Art exhibit and Film on “An Artist’s view of Lincoln’s Statesmanship,” Student Innovation Hall, RIT.
  • 5:00pm Musical Performance, Directed by RIT Music Professor Michael Ruhling, "Music of America’s Liberty." Carr: Federal Overture in D (1794); Gould: American Salute (Variations on "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"); Trad., arr. Luck: Battle Hymn of the Republic (sing-along; words by Howe), RIT Allen Chapel, Schmitt Center for Religious Life
  • Free admission

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo


Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2005, and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America, which won the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for 2008. His most recent work in Lincoln is Abraham Lincoln As A Man of Ideas (a collection of essays published in 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press) and Lincoln, a volume in Oxford University Press’s ‘Very Short Introductions’ series (also 2009). His book on the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf, 2013) spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His articles and essays have appeared in scholarly journals, and also in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been featured on NPR, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and Brian’s Lamb’s BookNotes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In September, 2005, he was nominated by President Bush to the National Council on the Humanities, and in December, was awarded the Medal of Honor of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Together with Patrick Allitt and Gary W. Gallagher, he team-taught The Teaching Company’s new edition of its American History series, and has completed four other series for The Teaching Company, Mister Lincoln, on the life of Abraham Lincoln, The American Mind, on American intellectual history, The American Revolution, and Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past. He lives in Paoli and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Debra.

Chief Justice Frank J. Williams


Frank J. Williams was appointed Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court by Governor Lincoln Almond and unanimously confirmed by the Rhode Island General Assembly in January 2001, after serving for five years as Associate Justice of the Superior Court. He served as Chief until retiring on December 30, 2008, when he took “senior” status as a jurist without the administrative duties .On December 30, 2003, the President of the United States, through the Secretary of Defense, invited Chief Justice Williams to be a member of the then Military Commissions Review Panel for tribunals to be held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the rank of Major General. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 created the Court of Military Commission Review on which Williams serves as Chief Judge. He served for almost five years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Captain. During his military service, he served in Germany on the East/West border and in Vietnam, receiving many awards and decorations (Bronze Star, three Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, two Vietnamese Campaign Medals, and a Combat Infantryman's Badge). He was also decorated by the Republic of Vietnam with, among other honors, the Gallantry Cross with Silver Star for Valor. Chief Justice Williams is also one of the nation's leading scholars on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. He is the President of the Lincoln Forum. In August 2000, he was appointed to the U.S. Abraham Lincoln. Bicentennial Commission by the Congress. In addition, he is a major collector of Lincolniana, a peripatetic lecturer before Lincoln and Civil War groups, and a scholar whose books include, with Edna Greene Medford and Harold Holzer, The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (Louisiana State University Press, 2006). His latest book, Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America’s Greatest Leader, with William D. Pederson,was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2009. He has been named by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 judges, out of 30,000, in the United States.

Wendy Allen, Artist


Wendy Allen, an artist and designer, was born in Pittsburgh in 1955. Although she graduated from college with a degree in political science, she soon turned her prodigious talents to the arts.

Her first major exhibit was held at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, in conjunction with the premiere of The America Play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. She has since exhibited throughout the United States and has attracted collectors from around the world. Her paintings have appeared on dozens of book and magazine covers and have been exhibited alongside Lincoln portraits by Salvador Dali, W.H. Johnson, Horace Pippin, Robert Rauschenberg, and Norman Rockwell. Allen divides her time between her home in New Milford, Connecticut, which she shares with Elaine Henderson, her partner of 32 years, and her studio and gallery, Lincoln Into Art, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.