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Congressman Frank Horton Distinguished Speaker Series (Rochester, N.Y.) collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0126

Scope and Contents

The Congressman Frank Horton Distinguished Speaker Series (Rochester, N.Y.) collection consists of items related to the program and its speakers. The collection contains an invitation to President Gerald R. Ford's presentation, as well as tickets to the event. Also included are tickets to Dick Cheney's presentation and a notice announcing Johnnie L. Cochran's lecture. Additionally, there is a newspaper clipping on James C. Fletcher who spoke at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1989.

Dates

  • 1989-1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Congressman Frank Horton Distinguished Speaker Series was started during the 1980s in honor of Frank Jefferson Horton, a Representative from New York from 1963-1993. Originally born in Texas, Horton earned his LL.B. from Cornell University in 1947. He began practicing law in New York and served on the Rochester city council from 1955-1961. In 1963, he was elected to Congress and served for 30 years. An active supporter of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the university chose to name the Horton Distinguished Speaker Series in his honor.

The original idea behind the program was to create "more opportunities for political discussions" on campus (Lindsley, 2004, p. 9-10). Over the years, many prominent speakers have appeared at RIT as part of the series including two former Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Some of these speakers are listed below.

Select List of Past Horton Distinguished Speakers:

Select List of Past Horton Distinguished Speakers

1989
James C. Fletcher
1992
Gerald Ford
1993
Dick Cheney
1995
Johnnie Cochran
1999
Jesse Jackson
2000
Colin Powell
2001
Jocelyn Elders
2002
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
2003
Ben Stein
2004
Robert Redford
2005
Rudy Giuliani
2006
Erin Brockovich
2007
Steve Wozniak
2008
Bill Nye
2009
Jimmy Wales
2010
Al Pacino
2011
Michael J. Fox (expected)
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References:

Lindsley, K. (2004). Leading edge: Alumni say campus activities provided an advantage after graduation. The University Magazine, 6(1), 7-10.

Extent

1 Folder(s)

Language

English

Overview

Materials related to the Congressman Frank Horton Distinguished Speaker Series at the Rochester Institute of Technology and its speakers. The collection includes an invitation, tickets, and a clipping.

Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically in a single folder.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 808, Box 203

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.
Title
Congressman Frank Horton Distinguished Speaker Series (Rochester, N.Y.) collection
Subtitle
RIT Archives
Status
Published
Author
Lara Nicosia
Date
15 March 2011
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

Contact:
RIT Libraries
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Rochester NY 14623 USA
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