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
Harold Holzer lecture at C.W. Post Campus on YouTube . Part 1
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
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:
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
C.W. Post Campus Lincoln Events Press release
Lincoln Bicentennial Press room
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.