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How Politics Really Works: An Insider’s View October 20, 2016

American Statesmanship & Political Greatness

Dear AP Government & U.S. History Students & Teachers:

You are cordially invited to attend a panel discussion on "How Politics Really Works: An Insider's View" on October 20, 2016 at Ingle auditorium at RIT from 10am - 2:15pm. This event is sponsored by the Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty at RIT.

The panel will consist of prominent political leaders in the community who are currently serving, or who have served, in elective office (see agenda below).

Also attached is a list of Topical Issues for State and Local Politics crucial to an understanding of contemporary politics. We invite your students to become familiar with these issues, since they will serve as the basis of our panel discussion.

Afterwards there will be a Question and Answer session.

The audience will consist of AP High School students, college students, and CSLL guests from the public, all of whom will be invited to participate in the Question and Answer session.

While our best leaders are guided by something higher than self-interest, money or ambition, politics is nonetheless the art of the practical, not the ideal.

"How Politics Really Works" will provide insight into the real world of politics from those who are or have been directly involved in the political process. It will consider some of the pros and cons of our political system, and possibly some thoughts on how things could be improved.

Coming right before the election, the panel discussion should be of great interest! We look forward to your participation.

Deadline: October 7th

Price Per Student: $10 Teachers - Free!

Reserve Your Spots Today! Lunch Included!

Contact: Cassandra L Shellman (


Just in time for the election season, The Center for Statesmanship, Law, And Liberty at RIT proudly presents the First Annual Practical Politics Colloquium: How Politics Really Works: An Insider's View, October 20th, 2016 in Ingle Auditorium, at RIT, 10:00-2:15.

A panel of current and former government officials will share insights from their experience in elective office and how government really works. This event is geared primarily for secondary students to learn about the political process from within. A list of key topics to be discussed is provided in the Documents section below. The event begins at 10:00am in Ingle Auditorium and ends at 2:15. A lunch is being provided for the high school students. The schedule is as follows:

10:00am-11:15: Panel Discussion with Former Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, NYS Senator Rich Funke, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, and former Rochester Mayor Tom Richards.

11:15-12:00: Student Q&A

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:15: Lecture and Q&A by Lee Chen, VP of Sales at Rochester Midland Corporation. "A Comparison and Contrast between Skills Needed for Salesmanship & Statesmanship" with Discussant Sean Sutton, Chairman of Political Science at RIT.

Teachers Don't Forget our Third Annual AP Day, Feb.2-3, 2017!! (Please make Reservations asap. More info. TBA).