The Power and Meaning of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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The Power and Meaning of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

A Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Photo of the Lincoln Memorial“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here...” 

With these words, President Lincoln showed he had not the gift of prophesy. On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln spoke and generations listened. After 150 years, the words said that day still move many of us.

Join us in Room 209 on Thursday, Nov. 21 as Dr. John Elliff discusses the power and meaning of Lincoln’s great oration. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. and include a slide show presentation. We hope you will come and learn about this momentous day in our nation's history. 

John T. Elliff writes and lectures on Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency. His articles have appeared in The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, The Lincoln Forum Bulletin, and The Lincolnian. He has spoken on Lincoln in Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, and D.C. and is a member of the Lincoln Group of D.C., the Lincoln Forum, and the Abraham Lincoln Association. Elliff received his Ph.D. in government from Harvard and taught at Barnard and Brandeis before serving in various government positions until 2010.