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November 19, 1863


On this date 145 years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech that has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. In recent interviews, President-elect Barack Obama, has stated that one of the things that he is doing in preparation...  more

2008 Reading Project Essay Contest Winners


Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Michele Moody-Adams is pleased to announce the winners in this year's New Student Reading Project Essay Contest. Class of 2012 students were sent 10 study questions along with their copy of Lincoln at Gettysburg last...  more

"No other words could have done it. The miracle is that these words did. In his brief time before the crowd at Gettysburg he wove a spell that has not, yet, been broken—he called up a new nation out of the blood and trauma."

Garry Wills p.175

The Reading Project

According to a relatively recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the amount of reading done for pleasure is down in this country...more from Provost Martin

Cornell’s next incoming class and much of the rest of the Cornell community will read Garry Wills’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America... more from Vice Provost Michele Moody-Adams