Joseph Fornieri, Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) and Director of the Center for Statesmanship, Law, Liberty, will lecture on “Sicily’s Multi-Cultural Experiment,” Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Student Union Allen Chapel of the Interfaith Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
This talk will consider the diverse cultures that make up Sicily and its short lived multicultural experiment during the Middle Ages where Byzantine Greeks, Jews, and Arab Muslims lived together and practiced their religion freely under Norman rule. What lessons does Medieval Sicily have for us today? What remnants of this multicultural past are Sicilian-Americans aware of today?
Dr. Joseph Fornieri is Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New York, where he teaches American politics, political philosophy, and constitutional rights and liberties. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith (2005), an acclaimed scholarly work that explores Lincoln’s religion and politics. He is also the author or editor of three other books on Abraham Lincoln’s political thought and statesmanship: The Language of Liberty: The Political Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln (2003; revised ed. 2009); (with Kenneth L. Deutsch) Lincoln’s American Dream: Clashing Political Perspectives (2005);and (with Sara V. Gabbard) Lincoln’s America, 1809-1865 (2008). His Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman will be published in the spring, 2014. In addition, Fornieri has co-edited (with Kenneth L. Deutsch) An Invitation to Political Thought (2009), an introductory text to the classic political thinkers of the Western tradition from Plato to Nietzsche.