RIT’s Joseph Fornieri Headlines Constitution Day Celebration

Early American historian discusses importance of Declaration of Independence

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A. Sue Weisler

Joseph Fornieri

Joseph Fornieri, a noted early American history scholar, will headline Constitution Day festivities at Rochester Institute of Technology on Sept. 16. Fornieri, professor of political science at RIT, will present a free public lecture beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlson Auditorium in the Center for Imaging Science on the RIT campus.

The talk, “The Declaration: America’s First Constitution,” will focus on the importance of the Declaration in the construction of modern American government and how the document inspired and influenced the development of the Constitution.

Fornieri has lectured and published extensively on the Constitution, colonial America and the Revolutionary War. He is also one of the foremost scholars on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and served as a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in 2009. His books include: Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith, Lincoln’s America with Sara Gabbard, and Lincoln’s American Dream with Kenneth Deutsch.