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Rochester Institute of Technology
Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty

Annual Colloquium, March 30, 2020
March 30th, 2020 CANCELLED:

An RIT Conversation with Professor Nadine Strossen On her recent book “HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship”

6th Annual Symposium

Friday April 5th 2019:

An Antidote to Today’s Partisanship: How to Agree to Disagree

Speakers: Cornel West and Robert George
Time: Doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m. / Keynote Lecture at 7:30pm
Venue: RIT Campus, Gordon Field House

Admission is free, but seating is limited and registration is requested.
For more information or to register, go to
This event will be live-captioned.

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Mission Statement

The Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty (Center) located at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will enhance the understanding of statesmanship as the apex of political greatness and explore its role in a free, democratic republic under the rule of law. The non-partisan Center will support scholarship, teaching, research, and student-centered learning related to statesmanship, liberty, and constitutionalism as they pertain primarily to the American regime. It will consider the interplay between America’s political culture and its leaders, ideas, and institutions. It will explore those cultural forces that may aid or impair statesmanship in our time. Programming will engage a broad community of students (including high school and college students), citizens, scholars, teachers, professionals, and public officials.


The center has been formed to promote an understanding of the crucial role of statesmanship in founding, perpetuating, and enhancing a free society under the rule of law. As the Founders of the American republic well realized, this aim depends upon the ability to cultivate both responsible citizens and statespeople capable of meeting future political, economic, and social challenges. The Center understands the concept of statesmanship as a universal norm that is inclusive of race, gender, creed, and color. It will consider the meaning of political greatness and assess critically norms used to evaluate past, present, and future political leadership.

The Center will provide a central location for the study of statesmanship; provide resources and support for faculty and students engaged in the study, research, and writing on statesmanship; conduct colloquia, workshops, and seminars that enrich the public’s understanding of statesmanship; work with students and programs to facilitate and coordinate research projects on statesmanship; and, provide outreach and educational opportunities to civic leaders, professionals, and secondary level school teachers and students for learning about statesmanship.