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Experts Advisory: Experts on the Historic 2009 Presidential Inauguration

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Africana Studies Chair Marcia Sutherland

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.

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.

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Istvan Kecskes
UAlbany Faculty

For UAlbany linguist and teacher Istvan Kecskes, the world is his classroom.

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