The Livingston Public Library will celebrate and honor the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on Thursday.
Starting at at 7:30 p.m., the library will host Professor Paul G.E. Clemens of Rutgers University who will explore the power of President Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, and discusses his effect on the Constitution.
The famous speech was comprised of only 10 sentences and 272 words, but Lincoln was able to strike a chord that would resonate not only with his audience, but one that would resonate through time.
This program is free and open to the public. It is suitable for ages 10 and up. The Friends of the Livingston Public Library are funding this Program.
At the graduate level, he teaches the introductory survey America in the Age of European Expansion, covering the 16th and 17th centuries.
He is also developing a webpage of New Jersey appellate court cases during the 1790s through 1820s. He recently served as advisor to the provost for the humanities and chair of the search committee for a University Librarian. For the past 10 years, he edited the department alumni/alumnae newsletter.
Clemens is a past chair of the history department currently the acting vice chair for graduate education in the History department and an academic advisor for Rutgers College. He is also working on the history of Rutgers University, from 1966 to the present, as part of an oral history collaboration with Sandra and Shaun Illingworth, and hopes to update the 1966 bicentennial history of Rutgers by 2016.