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Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America

With all the hype that Broadway has brought to the intertwining of the lives, principles, politics, and concepts of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, American history has come to the forefront. Our forefathers were, indeed, real people with tempers and egos and legacies to be made.

To find out an in-depth look at the two men and their influence over the course of the early republic and, indeed American history, come to "Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America," a lecture by Lou Masur, PhD. A Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, Masur is a captivating speaker who engages his audience immediately and welcomes questions. He is a cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics including Lincoln and The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union. Three years ago in March, he came to SUNY Orange to speak on that topic.

This timely lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 at the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering.

Dr. Masur is nationally known for his lectures presented under the auspices of "One-Day University." He received his BA from the University at Buffalo and his PhD from Princeton University. He is the author of many books and articles and has received numerous awards including an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship and a Mellon Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities at Harvard University. In addition, Masur’s essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He has also written for the "American Scholar," "Chronicle of Higher Education," "Salon," and "Slate." Additionally, he has been elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians.

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs