This photo shows the actor Richard Dreyfuss, Director Ken Kebow (in blue polo shirt standing behind me), and marvelous cast in a shoot in Carlsbad, California, for a production of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. We already have interest from televsion, schools, and the Smithsonian Magazine, for a one hour presentation. How this all came together is remarkable.
Emmy-award winning director Ken Kebow filmed a lecture I gave some years ago at the University of California at San Diego. He approached me about doing something on the Second Inaugural which we would distribute to Middle and High Schools.
Two years ago we began conversation with award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss. In addition to his remarkable film career -- Jaws, Goodbye Girl, Mr. Holland's Opus -- Richard founded a non-profit organization, The Dreyfuss Initiative to communicate the ideas of our American democracy to the next generation.
Our presentation will be in 3 parts: 1. Richard performs the Second Inagural Address. 2. I present my close examination of the text of the Second Inaugural. 3. Richard and I engage in a conversation about the meaning of the address in its time and for our time.
Stay tuned. We will keep you informed as we roll out our presentation of Lincoln's Second Inaugural in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the address on March 4, 2015.