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ALBC Town Hall – Newark, NJ
Lincoln, Race, Ethnicity and Freedom in Urban America
November 12, 2009

The Newark Museum
The Billy Johnson Auditorium
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

The Newark TH consisted two events.  The lead-up event featured eminent photographer and historian Deborah Willis presenting, “Lincoln as Monument, Lincoln as Icon,” a discussion on perceptions of Lincoln through art and photography.

Deborah Willis is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.

Photos from the Newark Lead-up event – “Lincoln as Monument, Lincoln as Icon“.

The second Newark Town Hall featured a public discussion on Lincoln, Race, Ethnicity and Freedom in Urban America.

Panelists included:

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
Jeff Johnson, Award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator
Pedro A. Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University; Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education; co-Director of the Institute for the study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings
Maria Vizcarrondo, Director, Newark Department of Child and Family Well-Being

Dr. James O. Horton, ALBC Commissioner and Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History, George Washington University; Historian Emeritus, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, moderated.

The ALBC Town Hall Series is made possible with support from the Fetzer Institute.

Newark Town Hall Co-Conveners

The ALBC would like to thank the following co-conveners for their support in making th

e Newark town hall a success.