Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry will be the keynote speaker for OETA television’s special Learning Session event on the Gettysburg Address at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10. The event is free to the public and will be held in the station’s studio at 7403 N. Kelley Ave.
The event is part of OETA’s Learn the Address project, a major national public outreach campaign challenging everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg Address.
The campaign is inspired by filmmaker Ken Burns’ “The Address” documentary premiering at 7 p.m. April 15 on OETA. The film tells the story of the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Abraham Lincoln’s most powerful address.
Before the Learning Session presentation, OETA will make the studio available between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. to anyone who wants to recite the Gettysburg Address for a video recording. The videos can then be uploaded to a national project site that includes contributions from Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, President George H.W. Bush, Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett, Stephen Spielberg and others.
Henry became the 17th president of Oklahoma City University after serving as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He previously served as attorney general of Oklahoma and in the state House of Representatives. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2008.