RIT Constitution Day Celebration Features Noted Scholar James Ceaser

Author, professor and radio commentator discusses ‘crisis statesmanship’

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James W. Ceaser, the noted author, political commentator and scholar, will headline Constitution Day festivities at Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, Sept. 17. Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, will present a public lecture from 4 to 6 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts Building, room A205 on the RIT campus.

The talk focuses on how presidential leadership changes, and often strengthens, during periods of crisis and the positive and negative effects this has on government operation and democracy. Ceaser will also discuss several examples in recent history, including the current War on Terror and the Vietnam War, and the impact presidential policies had during these periods on separation of powers and personal liberties.

Ceasar is the author of multiple books on American politics and the presidency, including Presidential Selection and Liberal Democracy and Political Science. He is also a frequent political commentator for Voice of America radio.

Constitution Day is a federal holiday created to honor the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia.