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Tue, Apr 16


The Virtual Lincoln Project

Professor Christopher Oakley will discuss his news-making discoveries from digitized Lincoln photographs and the implications for their lifelike animation. Find the Zoom link in the text below.

The Virtual Lincoln Project
The Virtual Lincoln Project


Apr 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT


About the Event

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia is proud to present animator, artist, and historian Christopher Oakley. He is Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In 2013, his passion for history took on a new dimensions when he launched a research endeavor called The Virtual Lincoln Project. Professor Oakley and his students are digitally creating a photo-real Abraham Lincoln and animating him delivering the Gettysburg Address. While doing research into existing photographs for the project, Professor Oakley discovered a previously unknown image of Lincoln standing in the crowd at Gettysburg. This accomplishment has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, USA Today, and on television network news. At The Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, PA, last year, Oakley announced the results of nearly a decade of research into where Abraham Lincoln actually stood when he delivered his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. The actual location had been unknown for 159 years. This finding was featured on the front page of The New York Times on November 19, 2022.

Christopher Oakley has spent over 20 years animating and directing animation for both film and television. He has worked as an animator on feature films for Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks, and Rhythm & Hues. Among his credits are the films Dinosaur, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Scooby Doo, Men in Black II, and Stuart Little 2. Oakley has also served as an animation director at EA Games, working on the Medal of Honor series. He also animated the "Into the Groove" number for Madonna's Sticky and Sweet world tour (2009).

This will be a zoom only event. Please RSVP your attendance for this April 16 at 6 pm eastern time meeting and presentation.   

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