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Wednesday lectures

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
Bailey Hall
Abraham Lincoln's 272 words of dedication at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, are familiar to Americans more than 150 years after they were spoken, in ways unmatched by almost any other American political utterance since the Declaration of Independence. Is it because the address is brief and therefore easy to remember? Or because its language is simple, consisting mostly of one-syllable words that are easily and broadly comprehended?

In this free lecture sponsored by Cornell's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Dr. Allen C. Guelzo will examine the elements that help to make the Gettysburg Address so memorable. The Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Guelzo is the author of numerous books about Lincoln and the Civil War, including Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013), which spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and which won the Lincoln Prize for 2014, the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, the Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York City Round Table, and the Richard Harwell Award of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table.

Past lectures

Doing Math in Public

Mathematics professor Steven Strogatz talks about bringing math to the masses.

"I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That": Can Computers Really Understand What We Say?

Computer expert Lillian Lee says that computers still have a lot to learn.

Lincoln’s Emotional Life

Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame examines Lincoln's relationships with those closest to him—his parents, children, and wife—and explores the psychological origins of Lincoln's hatred of slavery.

Let's Talk Politics: Turning Your Opinions into a Career

Author, columnist, commentator, and Cornell alumna S.E. Cupp shares inside tips and tricks on how to become a political pundit.

What Can Facebook, Amazon, and Google Teach Us about Society and about Ourselves?

Jon Kleinberg, the Tisch University Professor in Cornell’s Department of Computer Science, talks about how data gleaned from digital networking offers a radically new perspective on fundamental questions in the social sciences.

The Future of Small

Paul McEuen, Cornell's Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics, examines why small is so big and speculates how nano will change your life, both for good and for ill.