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The 2008-09 New Student Reading Project brought new students, faculty and administrators together to discuss Garry Wills' Pulitzer Prize-winning 1992 book, "Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America."

Panelists for the Aug. 24 discussion in Barton Hall included:

  • Cornell President Emeritus Hunter R. Rawlings III, professor of classics and history, who recently developed a seminar on the classical influences on American constitutional history;
  • Ed Baptist, associate professor of history, specializing in the history of slavery, the American South and 19th-century America; and
  • Tad Brennan, professor of philosophy, specializing in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy.