On the special occasion of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday, the IUP Libraries is hosting the Mary Jane Schafer Distinguished Speaker Series on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 7:15 p.m. in McVitty Auditorium in Sprowls Hall. Dr. Richard Striner will present on his book, Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery. According to author James M. McPherson, “the fresh and provocative insights in this book demonstrate that despite all that has been written about Lincoln, there is still something new to learn.” Father Abraham offers a new portrait of the president, the Great Emancipator, who strived during his political career to build public consensus against slavery. According to the American Historical Review, “Striner is a master of the political, military, diplomatic, and constitutional developments of the Civil War and conveys them crisply. He knows Lincoln’s collected works and public papers extremely well.” Dr. Richard Striner is a professor of History at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland.
The IUP Libraries and the IUP Department of Theater and Dance will host two performances of Time and Time Again: Abraham Through the Ages by Don Orwald on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Waller Hall Studio Theater (lower level). The play celebrates two American presidents: Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s sixteenth leader, and newly elected President Barack Obama. Written by playwright Don Orwald, Time and Time Again is set in April 1865 and December 2008. Originally from Butler, Pennsylvania, Don Orwald received his master’s degree in English from IUP. He is a retired faculty member from the English department at Knoch High School in Saxonburg, where he directed the high school's plays and musicals.
The Schafer Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Richard Striner and the performances of Time and Time Again are free and open to the public. In celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, there is a special exhibit of Abraham Lincoln featuring memorabilia and artifacts collected by Dr. Earl Hunt on the first floor of the Stapleton Library during the months of February and March.
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