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From the most humble of beginnings, Abraham Lincoln rose to the pinnacle of achievement; not only in politics but also in the hearts of Americans. Elected at a time when the country was literally ripping in two, it was the challenge of his administration to preserve the union. Did you know that he was not the main speaker at Gettysburg? Did you know that he was convinced that the Gettysburg Address was his biggest failure? Full of humility and conviction in the same breath, come explore the life of one of the greatest men to live. Join historian Ken Sorensen as he gives a deeper understanding of our nation’s 16th President.
Doors open at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers, wine and beer provided.
About Ken Sorensen:
Not quite an Arizona native, Ken Sorensen moved here with his family as a young child. He grew up in Glendale and attended high school and junior college there. He completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and began teaching high school; a life-long dream. Ken is certified to teach both history and English and, during a 30-year career in education, has taught high school in two states. He also taught junior college at both Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges for 12 of those years. Ken has always taught with a humanities approach believing that if we understand who people are and what their motives are, we will more likely understand what they have written.
In the summer of 2005, Ken won a scholarship to attend Exeter College in Oxford, England for a summer term of graduate studies. That experience changed his life. Ken was able to experience things he had read about and taught all his life. In 2013, Ken was honored to be elected Teacher of the Year by the Mesa Arizona Chamber of Commerce following a student’s recommendation.