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Lincoln Scholar to Speak at Georgian Court

Event Highlights the Bicentennial of Lincoln’s Birth

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 8, 2009—On Saturday, May 2, Georgian Court University will host renowned historian, author, and documentary producer Philip Kunhardt, who will deliver a lecture entitled “Looking at Lincoln” at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel on the Lakewood campus. The event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the university’s history club, Clionaes; the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta; and the university’s Department of History.

Kunhardt is the co-author of several books about Abraham Lincoln including the recent Looking for Lincoln (Knopf, 2008). He has produced documentaries for PBS and the History Channel. He is also co-founder of the Meserve Kunhardt Foundation, whose massive collection of photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries has been deemed an “American Treasure” by the National Parks Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“In this year of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, the values that Lincoln represented are indisputably values that are so consistent with Georgian Court’s ideas of social responsibility, personal integrity, and making good choices. Having Philip Kunhardt here to speak and bring this piece of history alive is a welcome celebration of our collective history,” says Robin Gower, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of history.

Students are also excited about the arrival of such a distinguished speaker. Senior history major Doreen Bove of Howell, president of Phi Alpha Theta and vice president of Clionaes, says that she was thrilled when she first heard the news of Kunhardt’s presentation.

“Learning has to be more than just professors and books,” she says. “It’s actually experiencing the subject. Having a writer and historian here who can do that for us is very exciting and part of the value of a Georgian Court education.”

The event is free, but reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, contact the Georgian Court University Office of Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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