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(Mahwah) – Judge Andrew P. Napolitano will be the guest lecturer at The Third Annual Sebastian J. Raciti Memorial Lecture and Dinner on Thursday, October 12 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in Friends Hall on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  The public is invited to attend the lecture and dinner, sponsored by the Center for Business and Public Policy of Ramapo College and the Ramapo College Foundation Business Network.   Friends Hall is located in the College’s Student Center.

Napolitano’s topic will be The Assault on Constitutional Liberties.”  His lecture will address his concern that the American people’s financial privacy, a key component of the nation’s founding philosophy, is under relentless attack by all levels of government. In his most recent book, Constitution in Exile:  How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land, Judge Napolitano explains how lawmakers have highjacked the Constitution and have improperly expanded their own authority by intentionally misinterpreting key sections of the nation’s founding governing document, in particular, the General Welfare Clause and the Commerce Clause.

Judge Andrew Napolitano joined FOX News Channel in 1998 and currently serves as a senior judicial analyst.  He appears daily on The Big Story,” co-hosts Fox & Friends” once a week and is a regular on The O’Reilly Factor.”  Napolitano is the
youngest life-tenured Superior Court Judge in New Jersey’s history.  While on the bench from 1987-95, he tried over 150 jury trials, and sat in all parts of the Superior Court (criminal, civil, equity and family).

For 11 years Napolitano served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he taught constitutional law and jurisprudence.   He returned to private law practice in 1995, the same year he began his career in broadcasting.   He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his juris doctor from the University of Notre Dame.

The event was established to honor the memory of Sebastian J. Raciti  (1934-2003), who, for 31 years, served in various roles that were instrumental in the development of Ramapo College.  Known as Sib, he was a member of the founding faculty, arriving in the College’s second year.

Raciti held various posts during his tenure including director of the School of Metropolitan and Community Studies, dean of the School of Administration and Business, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president of Institutional Advancement and professor of economics.  He also was the director of the Governor’s School for International Studies, a summer program for gifted high school students.  In his administrative roles, he helped design new academic programs, raised funds to support new initiatives and scholarships and recruited new faculty.

The Memorial Lecture and Dinner has been made possible, in part, by a grant from Ernst & Young, LLP.  Tickets are $25 per person.  To reserve a seat, call (201) 684 – 7373 or e-mail


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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