(L to R) David Maraniss, John Seigenthaler, Daniel Sharfstein, David Von Drehle, Kirt Wilson, Susan Zaeske
The event will be held at Vanderbilt University's First Amendment Center at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. It is free and open to the public.
The Gettysburg Address , delivered Nov. 19, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., lasted just over two minutes and framed the Civil War as a struggle for the principle of human equality.
Four panelists will discuss the document with Maraniss and Seigenthaler:
, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School and author of The Invisible Line: A Secret History
of Race in America. (Penguin Press, 2011).
- David Von Drehle , TIME, editor-at-large, and author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year. (Holt, 2012).
- Kirt Wilson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Pennsylvania State University, and author of The Reconstruction Desegregation Debate: The Policies of Equality and the Rhetoric of Place, 1870-1875. (Michigan State Press, 2002).
- Susan Zaeske , Associate Dean for Advancement, Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Signatures of Citizenship: Petitioning, Antislavery, and Women's Political Identity. (University of North Carolina Press, 2003).
Directions: The First Amendment (John Seigenthaler) Center is located at 1207 18th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203. Parking will be available across the street at Vanderbilt University - Lot 76. See area map.
The Gettysburg Address: a 150-year retrospective is sponsored by The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt, The First Amendment Center, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Vanderbilt Speakers Committee. Special thanks to our advertisers, The Nashville Scene and The Nashville Post.