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A play about Abraham Lincoln

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Hi Expats - just wanted to let you all know that there's a new one man play about Abraham Lincoln showing at RADA studios for 4 performances (opening on a special Thanksgiving performance Nov 20th) Here's a link to the details https://www.rada.ac.u...­

It would be great to see some of you there!

Caitlin :)
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 6,027


Watching with Lincoln
A new play by Michael J Shannon Directed by Lora Davies Presented by Bolingbroke Productions
Club Theatre, RADA Studios
16 Chenies Street, WC1E 7EX
20, 21, 27, 28 Nov at 7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 / £10 concessions

https://www.rada.ac.u...­

November 1864. Lincoln stands for re-election as the fate of the civil war and the country hang in the balance. As he anxiously waits for the slow returns in the telegraph office, he relates his fears, doubts and hopes for the country. Performed on the 150th anniversary of the election campaign, Watching with Lincoln offers a rare insight into America’s 16th President.

TICKETS -
https://www.rada.ac.u...­



http://omnipop.com/ar...­
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 6,028


Watching with Lincoln
A new play by Michael J Shannon Directed by Lora Davies Presented by Bolingbroke Productions
Club Theatre, RADA Studios
16 Chenies Street, WC1E 7EX
20, 21, 27, 28 Nov at 7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 / £10 concessions

https://www.rada.ac.u...­

November 1864. Lincoln stands for re-election as the fate of the civil war and the country hang in the balance. As he anxiously waits for the slow returns in the telegraph office, he relates his fears, doubts and hopes for the country. Performed on the 150th anniversary of the election campaign, Watching with Lincoln offers a rare insight into America’s 16th President.

TICKETS -
https://www.rada.ac.u...­



http://omnipop.com/ar...­
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 6,057
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 6,099
Go back 150 years or so,” he says. “That’s when Abe Lincoln established the NAS.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Interstellar, Abe Lincoln and Respecting Science
TIME‎ - 17 hours ago
http://www.ncbi.nlm.n...­

The National Academy in the American Democracy 1863–1963
http://www.nap.edu/...­

Daniel Kevles, Yale University

In 1863, Congress created the National Academy of Sciences, a private agency with the public role of advising the government on policy-related technical issues. The prime movers behind the action were Harvard’s Louis Agassiz, a native of Switzerland and a brilliant student of rocks and fossils, and the geophysicist Alexander Dallas Bache, Benjamin Franklin’s great-grandson, the head of the Coast Survey, and an authority on terrestrial magnetism. Agassiz, the academic, saw in a national academy an institution that would raise the quality of science in the United States by granting the imprimatur of membership not to men of mere learning but only to men of original scientific achievement. Bache, the longtime federal scientist, felt the need for an institution of authoritative scientists who would safeguard public policy-making in an increasingly technical age from charlatans and pretenders.

Like the French Academy of Sciences, which provided the model for the two men, the US National Academy would choose its own membership and be limited to 50 members. Agassiz, elected as the first foreign secretary, was thrilled, holding that the nation’s men of science now had a “standard for scientific excellence.” Bache was elected as the first president. During the 5 years of his administration, which ended with his death, in 1867, the Academy received 13 requests from the federal government for advice on topics ranging from assessments of weights, measures, and coinage to the insulation of ships’ compasses from the influence of iron cladding and to tests for the purity of whiskey.

Agassiz and Bache had gone behind the back of their friend, the physicist Joseph Henry, to achieve their goal. A world-class authority on magnetism and the Secretary of the Smithsonian, Henry had opposed the creation of such an academy, suspecting that it might be considered “at variance with our democratic institutions” and might become “perverted...to the support of partisan politics.” Henry was at first far from pleased, but he accepted membership in the Academy and, upon Bache’s death, its presidency. He kept the Academy scrupulously out of politics, establishing the tradition that the Academy would not volunteer its services to the government. Perhaps this explains why during the 10 years of his term, the government made only two requests for advice.

The First Half Century

To put the Academy more in line with American democratic institutions, Henry obtained a removal of the membership ceiling so that five new scientists could be elected each year. Henry had come to think that an “intelligent democracy” could properly bestow honors for achievement, and the creation of the Academy had opened in America another “avenue for the aspirations of a laudable ambition.”
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