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

The First Annual Statesmanship Colloquium

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.