Friday, February 5, 2010

UIS to hold investiture ceremony for Lincoln chair

The University of Illinois Springfield will hold a special investiture ceremony on Thursday, February 11, at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield for Professor Michael A. Burlingame, the new Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies.

During the ceremony, Burlingame will be invested with a gold medallion, the symbol of the Lincoln Chair. The medallion will be presented with assistance from Springfield attorney Richard Hart, who is the president of the Abraham Lincoln Association and a long-time friend of Burlingame. Burlingame will then share his plans for his time as Lincoln Chair.

“We are truly grateful to have attracted this remarkable teacher and scholar to UIS,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “His presence at this university will strengthen our academic prowess.”

A preeminent Lincoln scholar, Burlingame’s recently released two-volume biography of Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), was named one of the top five books published in 2009 by the Atlantic Monthly.

According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, “Lincoln scholars have waited anxiously for this book for decades. Its triumphant publication proves it was well-worth the wait. Few scholars have written with greater insight about the psychology of Lincoln. No one in recent history has uncovered more fresh sources than Michael Burlingame. This profound and masterful portrait will be read and studied for years to come.”

The Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies was established in 2000 when the Dr. Richard E. Vaden Family donated a gift for that purpose to honor their long-time friendship with then-UIS Chancellor Naomi Lynn. Val Vaden, managing partner of Outfitter Ventures and representative of the Vaden Family, will also speak at the investiture.

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