Wednesday, October 5, 2011

UIS Lincoln Legacy Lectures will examine "Lincoln and the Civil War"

The 9th annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures, presented by the University of Illinois Springfield, will discuss “Lincoln and the Civil War.” The lectures, and a reception and book signing that will immediately follow, are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library (UIS)

DETAILS: The Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series brings nationally known scholars to Springfield to discuss issues that are of contemporary interest and also engaged Abraham Lincoln and citizens of his era.

This year’s featured speakers are Dr. Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS, and Dr. Lucas E. Morel, Lewis G. John Term Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. Program moderator Dr. Cullom Davis is Professor Emeritus of History at UIS.

Burlingame’s lecture will focus on “Lincoln as the Indispensable Man: The Central Role of His Leadership in Determining the Outcome of the Civil War." Morel’s lecture will reflect on “War and Remembrance in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.”

Burlingame is the author of a new book on Lincoln and the Civil War (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011) and of the award winning, two-volume biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Morel is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000), and editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man” (University Press of Kentucky, 2004).

The Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series is sponsored by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership in cooperation with the Lynn Chair in Lincoln Studies. Co-sponsors of this year's event include the UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIS College of Public Affairs and Administration, Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, Engaged Citizenship Speakers Series, Illinois Issues, Illinois State Library, University of Illinois Alumni Association, and WUIS Public Radio.

Seating in Brookens Auditorium is limited; however overflow seating will be available in conference room C/D, where the audience can watch a large-screen live video feed. Conference room C/D is located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS. Those unable to attend in person can watch a live webcast by going to at the time of the event.

For more information, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217/206-7163.

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