On Constitution Day, September 17, the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) partnered with Department of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to present the 14th Annual David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence.  Dr. Joseph Fornieri, an AHI senior fellow and professor of political science at RIT, spoke on “Freedom for the Thought We Hate.”  His address inaugurated an initiative by RIT president David C. Munson Jr. to promote serious discussion of a major issue that is roiling many college campuses.  Dr. Fornieri’s presentation and the panel discussion that followed are now available on video.

In his preliminary remarks Dr. Fornieri paid tribute to Carl B. Menges, the driving force behind the creation of AHI, who passed away a few days before his 91st birthday on 17 September.  The annual lecture honors Judge David Aldrich Nelson (1932-2010), a charter member of AHI’s board of directors, who served with distinction as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

AHI congratulates President Munson and RIT’s Department of Political Science for organizing this well-attended event.