Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture

The Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture features a prominent speaker with political expertise to share ideas with students, faculty, and community members about issues pertinent to the current political climate.

Leslie G. Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emeritus Norma Hutman and Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking, and his commitment to public life.

2019 Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture: April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Shineman Chapel House Celebration Room

Guest Lecturer: Charles S. Crow ’72, J.D. will present Justice, Philanthropy, and Luck: Fighting to Free “The Convicted Innocent”

Respondent: Francis D. Landrey J.D., P ’06, lead attorney in a 30-year pro bono legal representation of a death row inmate.


Charles S. Crow ’72, J.D. is founding partner of Crow & Cushing law firm in Princeton, New Jersey. He will share insights and anecdotes from his volunteer service on the Board of Directors of Centurion Ministries, Inc., the nation’s first innocence project.

Francis D. Landrey J.D., P ’06, Chair of Hartwick’s Board of Trustees

For more information, contact: Joanna Cacciola ’07 at 607-431-4013, cacciolaj@hartwick.edu.

Past lectures include:

  • Michael Young ’83, “Mid-Century Resilience in the Face of Climate Extremes and Population Growth: How Lessons From the Lone Star State Can Benefit the Nation”
  • James L. Seward ’73, H’99, “Politics, Protests and PR: Public service in the age of fake news, alt-left vs. alt-right, and Twitter wars”
  • Mark Green, “The New Progressive Majority vs. The Fringe Fourth: Dems and Trends”
  • Kira Sanbonmatsu, “More Women Can Run”
  • John Zogby, “The First Globals and the Changing Demographics of America”
  • Maria Sirois ’82, “The Authentic Voice, The Authentic Life”
  • Francis ‘Buck’ Rodgers H’82, “The Essence of Leadership”
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