CRANFORD – Union County College will celebrate its annual Founders’ Day Celebration Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the college’s Cranford campus. The day’s events mark the 79th Anniversary of the college. Beginning at 9:45 a.m., the Annual Kenneth C. MacKay Founders’ Day Lecture will be given by renowned scholar, historian and novelist, Dr. Alan Brinkley. He will present, “FDR’s New Deal for America” in the Roy Smith Theater.
Dr. Alan Brinkley specializes in the history of twentieth-century America. From 2003 to 2009, he was University Provost, and before that chair of the Department of History at Columbia University. In 1998-99, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University, and in 2011-2012, he was the Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1991. Dr. Brinkley is the author of numerous books, among them, John F. Kennedy; The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Liberalism and Its Discontents; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression; American History: A Survey; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. Several of these titles are available for purchase in the College’s Bookstore.
Following Dr. Brinkley’s lecture will be the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the College’s Historic Tree Grove. This event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be led by the Cranford Fire Department Bag Pipers. This will be followed by a picnic lunch in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons featuring the menu served by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the King and Queen of England at Hyde Park in 1939. Mrs. Roosevelt is considered the college’s first donor and President Roosevelt Union County College’s Founding Father. The winners of the Founders’ Day Art Contests will also be announced.
Historical Societies from throughout Union County will have their information on display from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Richel Student Commons. In addition, an exhibit of posters noting the many authors in the Union County College community will be on display.
All events are free and open to the public. The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information on the events for Founders’ Day, please contact Loren Ventrice at 1-908-709-7579 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Lawrence Hogan at 1-908-497-4235 or Hogan@ucc.edu. For directions or additional information on Union County College, visit www.ucc.edu.
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