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Traveling Exhibition at LIU Post Offers New Look at the Civil War

Series of presentations and lectures examines the role of Lincoln and the Constitution during the 1860s


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Brookville, N.Y. - The method in which President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War--the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties -- is the focus of a traveling exhibition being hosted at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at LIU Post March 21 to May 3, 2013.

Organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, with the help of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is part of a sesquicentennial observation of the American Civil War at LIU. The exhibit and associated events at LIU Post are free and open to the public.

The traveling exhibit, based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the NCC, uses the Constitution as the cohesive thread and offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation's gravest constitutional crisis.

"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 provide LIU Post students and community with a unique opportunity to celebrate the enduring legacy of this great president."

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln's first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. It is organized into six main exhibit areas: Introduction, Oath of Office, Crisis of Secession, Crisis of Slavery, Crisis of Civil Liberties, and Legacy.

Supplementing this exhibit will be other related exhibits on the Civil War including an original art exhibit inspired by the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s by Dan Christoffel. There will be a variety of events on campus for students, staff and the public, including a lecture by Harold Holzer, noted historian and Lincoln scholar, that will explore the Emancipation Proclamation at the moment of its creation and its meaning now.

Other events include a lecture on the legacy of Marian Anderson; a study of what President Lincoln's funeral would have been like; a reading and discussion of “Lincoln and the Civil War;” a discussion of Lincoln as he appears in movies, and “Lincoln Poetry and Music by Long Islanders.” The events have been supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York council for the Humanities.

The event schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Opening of the Exhibit: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War”

Lecture, Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, 12:30 p.m.

“Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory”

Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001-2010.

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:30 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall

“The Legacy of Marian Anderson”

Lecture by Marc Courtade, business manager at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and adjunct professor of arts management at LIU Post

Friday, April 5, 2013, 12 p.m., Port Washington Public Library

“Young Mr. Lincoln”

Film screening and lecture by Philip Harwood, film historian

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:30 p.m. Hillwood Commons Cinema

“You Are There at Lincoln's New York City Funeral”

Using newspaper reports, photos, prints, woodcuts, sound effects and modern recordings, Richard Sloan, founding member and former president of Lincoln Group of NY, and editor of newsletter “The Lincoln Log” will transport the audience back to April, 1865 for the Lincoln’s funeral.  

Monday, April 22, 2013, 12:30 p.m. Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall

“Abraham Lincoln on Film”

Lecture/presentation by Philip Harwood, film historian.

Mondays, April 8,15,22,29, 2013- 4 sessions, 2 p.m. Hutchins Gallery, LIU Post library(lower level)

“Reading and Discussion -- Lincoln and the Civil War”

A reading and discussion series facilitated by James Coll and the New York Council for the Humanities; hosted by the LIU Post Library and Post Library Associations.

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 3:00 p.m. Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall

“Lincoln Poetry and Music by Long Islanders”

Presented by the Long Island Composers Alliance

These events are the last in a series held at LIU Post that began in 2010. 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.

LIU Post is located at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville, N.Y. For more information, contact the Instructional Media Center, Library (516)299-2895 or Manju Prasad-Rao at (516) 299-2868.

Posted 03/19/2013

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