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Online Lecture: Lincoln at Gettysburg — 272 Words That Shaped Our Nation

Program No. 24771RJ
Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, at 1 p.m. (ET)/ 10 a.m. (PT), for a free one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about the impact and legacy of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
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At a Glance

In the annals of unforgettable openings, 'Four score and seven years ago' stands as a rival to Hamlet's iconic 'To be or not to be.' As we approach the 160th anniversary of this monumental speech, delivered on November 19, 1863, join Louis Masur, author and professor, for a compelling look at Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In just 272 words, Lincoln not only clarified the Civil War's purpose, but also redefined the very essence of the American experiment — our nation's ongoing quest for democracy and equality since its founding. In this enriching lecture, Louis will uncover the hows and whys behind Lincoln's crafting of these immortal lines. He will also explore some of the enduring myths surrounding the Address — such as the idea that Lincoln wrote it in haste or that it was not well received. There’s no better way to celebrate the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address than by examining its intricate details and everlasting impact.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event. This free lecture is in loving memory of August Ferretti, passionate lifelong learner and Road Scholar friend.

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