On Feb. 12, 2013 — Abraham Lincoln’s birthday — Wagner College sponsored a panel discussion on the movie Lincoln, entitled Spielberg’s Lincoln: Fact or Fiction? We have included a video (below) of the entire 55-minute conversation. The panel members appearing in the video are, from left to right: Dr. Steven Thomas, an English professor who had written a blog post contrasting Lincoln and another recent film about American slavery, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained; Anthony Trombetta, a junior history major from Staten Island; Dr. Rita Reynolds (the moderator), a history professor who studies American slavery; Erin Pentz, a sophomore and president of the History Club, from Kenilworth, New Jersey, and Patrick Bethel, a junior history major from Waterbury, Connecticut. Each participant was allowed ten minutes to present their view, and then the audience could make their own points and raise questions.
Here is the video: