Past Events February 11, 2011
12 noon, Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post Campus, Long Island University

The Gettysburg Address: Politics Overlaps Performance
A lecture by David Carlyon

Performance in the mid -19th century intersected with politics: Theater was a public conversation, with plays, audiences, and actors getting political. Politicians, meanwhile, had to hone their performing skills, in order to grab the attention of listeners during speeches that lasted hours. Exploring this overlap brings a fresh perspective to the era.

It also rescues an apparent influence that generations of historians missed: America’s first great actor, Edwin Forrest, gave a political speech in New York City that President Abraham Lincoln echoed in the Gettysburg Address. Although the influence isn’t certain, why has no one been curious enough to ask about these competing visions of America, and its original sin, slavery? What does this fresh perspective say about Lincoln as a performer and politician? About Gettysburg? About slavery and American ideals?

Mr. David Carlyon, Author, Independent Scholar
Actor David Carlyon is a writer and independent scholar. He has a Ph.D. in theater history from Northwestern University and was a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has been an Equity actor and playwright, graduated from the University of Michigan, served as a military policeman, then graduated from Berkeley Law. His award-winning "Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of," is a biography and cultural history of 19th-century America.

Please Note: This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the partial support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dramatic Readings
Prof. Rick Desrochers and students, The Theater, Film and  Dance, Department, LIU Post Campus of Long Island University

Students read from two scenes from two different Suzan-Lori Parks’ plays "The America play" and "Topdog/Underdog" (Pulitzer prize) in which Lincoln is seen through the 21st century lens of a black actor who "plays" Lincoln in order to raise questions about the legacy of Lincoln and what he represents in terms of the legacy of the Civil War and slavery in the U. S. today.


Celebrating Black History Month
Celebrating Lincoln 2010-2013

These are a series of events taking place 2010-2013. Events will culminate with the exhibit "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War," a traveling exhibition for libraries, organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event has also been sponsored by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library (selected host library and recipient of the grant), Hutton House Lectures, and Campus departments and organizations.


Past Events February, 2010

Lecture: Lincoln and Obama: Lessons from the Past, Inspiration for the Future by renowned Lincoln scholar, Dr. Harold Holzer


Both the press and the President have made subtle, sometimes strong, comparisons between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama--some stirring, others strong, and a few rather a stretch. What lessons can teachers, and all Americans, take from these parallels: what is their relevance and resonance for the 21st century? The talk addresses the subject of historical memory--where it originates, who shapes it, and how it changes over time, as seen in the case of Abraham Lincoln. A talk built around Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama offers insights on who Americans are, were, and are yet to be.


Date: February 3, 2010. Place: Interfaith Center, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University Time: 12:30 pm

About the speaker
Dr. Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, serves also as co-chairman of the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Clinton.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of 33 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, and has written more than 425 articles over the past 35 years for both scholarly and popular publications. In 2008 he was awarded the National Endowment Medal by President Bush. In addition to his writing, Holzer lectures throughout the nation. His program “Lincoln Seen and Heard,” with actor Sam Waterston, has been staged and broadcast from such venues as the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the Clinton Presidential Library, the Library of Congress, and Ford’s Theatre. Their new program, “Lincoln in American Memory,” will be televised by PBS on Bill Moyers’ Journal this April.  He also appears frequently on C-SPAN and the History Channel, and has served as an on-air commentator for such Lincoln Bicentennial specials as Looking for Lincoln and Stealing Lincoln’s Body.
 

Harold Holzer Website
http://www.haroldholzer.com/index.html

Harold Holzer lecture at C.W. Post Campus on YouTube . Part 1
http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsdbnj9nIhs

Exhibit: Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator and his Legacy

The artist, Dan Christoffel commemorates Black History Month and pays homage to Lincoln, the Great Emancipator. Using Lincoln as a vehicle of expression he renders Lincoln portraits in a variety of media. Also on view are his works inspired by the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s.
Date: February 1-12, 2010
Place: Hutchins Gallery, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, C.W. Post Campus of LIU.


About the artist:
Dan Christoffel
is a national and international exhibiting artist. He serves as a Board member of the Art League of Long Island . He is a visiting artist at the Great Neck Arts Center, and guest lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the past president of the Long Island Art Teachers Association and former curator for the partnership for Cultural Development at the Chelsea Center in Muttontown. Presently he is the artist -in-residence at the Long Island University at C.W. Post Campus, and teaches undergraduate and graduate art classes at Adelphi University and LIU at C.W. Post.
Dan works in myriad media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, and print making. As inspiration he draws on the grand history of portraits from the Romans to the present. A recurring theme in his work is the dignity of the human form as manifested in the portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Dan has rendered Lincoln artistically in a variety of forms from charcoal sketches to oil paintings over thirty years. His work on Lincoln was featured in a retrospective exhibit sponsored by the Long Island Art League in Roslyn, New York which was filmed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s documentary staff.

Artist Dan Cristoffel’s President Days, Newsday, January 28, 2010
http://www.newsday.com/news/artist-dan-christoffel-s-presidents-days-1.1731874
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Lincoln in Second Life


Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator and His Legacy (consisting of Lincoln Portraits and works inspired by the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s), by eminent artist in residence at C.W. Post Campus, Dan Christoffel was represented in Second Life by SL builders Dr. Steve Heim, Computer Science Department and Dr. Laura Martin, Instructional Development. Dan had painted Lincoln portraits for the past 30 years and with his enthusiasm, and with the expertise of colleagues, this exhibit was represented in Second Life.  This SL exhibit has provided an anchor and a platform to link with resources and learning activities. Many excellent resources have already been included and more are to follow.

To visit the Long Island University and Lincoln Exhibit, teleport in Second Life to the following SLURL:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Long%20Island%20University/43/135/21
Please note: You will need to download the free Second Life software at
http://www.secondlife.com

February 3, 2010. The Second Life project was showcased at the Hutchins Gallery in conjunction with the Lincoln exhibit by Dan Cristoffel.
 

March 5, 2010. The Second Life team members at C.W. Post consisting of the developers, Dr. Steven Heim, Dr. Laura Martin, along with Prof. Manju Prasad-Rao and Prof. Cathy Larkin were selected by ALA (American Library Association) to showcase their projects at the ALA Virtual Conference “The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Second Life.”
 

April 16, 2010, the Lincoln activities and the Second Life site was publicized to members from the Teaching American History Initiative, consisting of Nassau County History teachers from schools under the leadership of Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, faculty member from Curriculum and Instructional Department.
The events which were scheduled live at C.W. Post Campus were recorded and included in Second Life. In addition we seek partnerships with other educational institutions to further develop this site and/or include Lincoln related projects.

Programming Librarian ALA, Lincoln gets a Second Life
http://www.programminglibrarian.org/blog/2010/may-2010/abraham-lincoln-gets-a-second-life.html
 

C.W. Post Campus Lincoln Events Press release
http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/About/News/Press-Releases/2010/January/CWP-Press-Release-Jan11-2010.aspx
 

Lincoln Bicentennial Press room
http://www.lincolnbicentennial.gov/press-room-template.aspx?id=5541

Celebrating Black History Month and Lincoln Bicentennial
Celebrating Lincoln 2010-2013
This is the first of a series of events taking place 2010-2013. Events will culminate with the exhibit “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event has also been sponsored by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library (selected host library and recipient of the grant), Hutton House Lectures, and Campus departments and organizations.

     B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
C. W. Post Campus, Long Island University

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