The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), is pleased to announce the First Annual Statesmanship Colloquium, on April 10-11, 2014 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, recent winner of the Lincoln Prize for his New York Times bestselling book on Gettysburg: The Final Invasion will keynote the event on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m., Booth Hall, Webb Auditorium, Room 1350, RIT. The colloquium will inaugurate the creation of the Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty, in affiliation with AHI, and housed in the political science department at RIT.  In addition to several speakers, the event will also include an art exhibit and a musical performance, all open to the public.

On Friday, April 11 events at the RIT’s Student Innovation Hall will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, speaking on “Judicial Statesmanship.” Joseph Fornieri, professor of political science at RIT, and Director of the Center will speak on “Reviving Statesmanship at 10:30 a.m.,” and at 3:30 p.m., artist Wendy Allen will discuss “An Artist’s view of Lincoln’s Statesmanship.” At 5:00 p.m., events will conclude with a musical performance, directed by RIT music professor Michael Ruhling, the RIT Allen Chapel, at Schmitt Center for Religious Life.

The mission of the new Center is “to 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, alumni, trustees, and public officials.”

More information about both the First Annual Statesmanship Colloquium and the Center can be found on their website, or on Facebook at