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Abraham Lincoln Lecture and Exhibit at C.W. Post




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Rita Langdon

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(516) 299-2334

Brookville, N.Y. – In celebration of Black History Month and the birth month of Abraham Lincoln, the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University will host a lecture and exhibit centered on the great American president.

The lecture, "Lincoln and Obama: Lessons from the Past, Inspiration for the Future," will be given by noted historian and Lincoln scholar Dr. Harold Holzer, senior vice president for external affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The lecture, which will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Center, is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsored by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Port Washington Public Library, Hutton House Lectures, Post Library Association and other campus organizations and departments.

The exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator and His Legacy," features 40 paintings and sculptures by C.W. Post Artist-in-Residence, Dan Christoffel, and will be on view February 1-12 at the Hutchins Gallery, located in C.W. Post’s B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. An opening reception and discussion with the artist will be held on Thursday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hutchins Gallery.

Both events are free and open to the public. The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville. For more information contact the Manju Prasad-Rao in the Instructional Media Center at 516-299-2895 or e-mail manju.prasad-rao@liu.edu.

About the Lecture

Dr. Harold Holzer will discuss comparisons between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, as drawn by the media and presidential administration, in his lecture, "Lincoln and Obama: Lessons from the Past, Inspiration for the Future." The talk will consider these two men, their relevance and resonance for the 21st century and offer insights on who Americans are, were and are yet to be.

Dr. Harold Holzer serves 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," was televised by PBS on "Bill Moyers’ Journal" last 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."

About the Exhibit

In conjunction with the lecture, and commemorating the Black History Month, Sands Point resident Dan Christoffel, artist-in-residence at C.W. Post, will be exhibiting "Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator and his Legacy." This exhibit includes a series of portraits of President Lincoln and works inspired by the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. For more than 30 years, Christoffel, a national and international exhibiting artist who is a board member of the Art League of Long Island, has rendered the 16th president artistically in a variety of forms, from charcoal sketches to oil paintings. His work was featured in a retrospective exhibit sponsored by the Long Island Art League in Roslyn, N.Y., which was filmed by the documentary staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The lecture and exhibit are the first in a series between 2010 and 2013. The concatenation will culminate in February 2013 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 and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Designated as a "We the People" project, the exhibit and events are sponsored by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library (the host library and recipient of the grant), the Port Washington Public Library, Hutton House Lectures and various Campus departments and organizations.

"Lincoln has been one of the most popular presidents in American history," said Manju Prasad-Rao, head of the Instructional Media Center and project director. "He has inspired the public with his ideals, thoughts and eloquent historic speeches, but at the same time, has been viewed by historians as a controversial figure. These events held over the next four years provide C.W. Post students and community with a unique opportunity to celebrate the enduring legacy of this great president."