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Rochester Institute of Technology is taking a $250,000 gift and using it to create the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Statesmanship, Law and Liberty, university officials announced Wednesday.
The gift came from former RIT board member Kraig Kayser, and will be used to start the center with a mission to study, enhance and cultivate in student leaders the factors that existed in America’s greatest political statesmen.
The center will be housed within RIT's political science department in the college of liberal arts.
"While there are many programs that teach generic leadership skills, there is a real need to consider statesmanship as a distinct and crucial kind of political leadership," said Joseph Fornieri, professor of political science and the new director of the center. "In the hope of inspiring future statesmen, we will ask our students to look with a critical but not a cynical eye upon politics. Our mission is to encourage our students to understand how to move from principle to practice and ultimately to strive for greatness within themselves and their community.”
An annual speaker series designed to bring scholars to campus is set to kick off April 10 and 11, RIT officials said.
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