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Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been nominated this year for more Academy Awards than any other film — but does that mean it's good?

On Feb. 12, 2013 — Abraham Lincoln’s birthday — Wagner College sponsored a panel discussion on about “Lincoln,” titled “Spielberg’s Lincoln: Fact or Fiction?” Below, you’ll find a video of the entire 55-minute conversation.

Each participant had her or his own viewpoint, and each one was prepared to defend that viewpoint when the audience started asking questions. It was a very interesting evening!

The panel members appearing in the video are, from left to right: Dr. Steven Thomas, an English professor who wrote a popular blog contrasting “Lincoln” and another contemporary film about American slavery, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”; Anthony Trombetta, a junior history major from Staten Island; Dr. Rita Reynolds, moderator, a history professor who studies American slavery; Erin Pentz, a sophomore and president of the History Club, from Kenilworth, N.J., and Patrick Bethel, a junior history major from Waterbury, Conn.

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