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February 2, 2009

Date: February 2, 2009
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

Montgomery College Celebrates Lincoln Bicentennial with Poet E. Ethelbert Miller
Event Takes Place Feb. 17 at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Montgomery College celebrates the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial with a talk by novelist and poet, E. Ethelbert Miller. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 17, at 11 a.m., in Room 101 of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Arts Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Miller will speak on the topic “Is That Lincoln in My Free Verse?” focusing on Lincoln, Walt Whitman, and their literary and historical influence. 

This program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, the program is made possible by a generous grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.

Miller serves as an advisory editor for the African American Review, a contributing editor to the literary magazine Callaloo, an editorial advisor for the Black Issues Book Review and editor of Poet Lore magazine.  Miller is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies, a board member of The Writer's Center and currently serves as the Commissioner for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Visitors are encouraged to park in the College’s East Campus Parking Garage on Fenton Street and take the pedestrian bridge and path to the arts center.

For further information about the program or to request accommodation for a disability, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at 240-567-1385 or e-mail

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study

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