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Experts Advisory: Experts on the Historic 2009 Presidential Inauguration
Associate Professor Marcia Sutherland offers insight into the significance of Barack Obama's election as the nation's first African American president. (Photo Mark Schmidt)
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 9, 2009) -- UAlbany faculty experts offer insight into the historic 2009 presidential inauguration.
Historical Perspective -- When George Washington was sworn in as U.S. president for the second time in 1793, he gave the shortest inauguration speech ever - just 135 words. Since then Inauguration Day has changed dramatically, including the event's host city and timing.
- Richard Hamm, chairman, History Department, provides the historical perspective and discusses how the 2009 inauguration compares to those of the past.
- Helen Desfosses, associate professor, Public Administration and Policy, offers insight into what Americans can expect from the 2009 inauguration -- from Barack Obama's address to the record-breaking crowds and media coverage.
First African American President -- Barack Obama shattered more than 200 years of history by winning election as the first African-American president of the United States.
- Marcia Sutherland, chairwoman, Africana Studies, offers insight into the racial significance of Obama's election as the nation's 44th president.
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