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Renowned Lincoln scholar will address UIS' 35th commencement ceremony

April 21, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Internationally renowned Lincoln scholar and historian Phillip Shaw Paludan will deliver the Distinguished Scholar Address at commencement ceremonies for the University of Illinois at Springfield, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield.

Phillip Shaw Paludan

One of the nation's foremost authorities on Lincoln and the Civil War, Paludan joined UIS in 2001 as Professor of History and the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies.

The special focus of Paludan's work is the social and cultural history and constitutional thought of 19th century America -- the world where Lincoln lived as much as the man himself. His four books on the Civil War era include A People’s Contest, The Union and Civil War 1861-1865 (Harper & Row, 1988) and The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (Kansas, 1994), which was hailed by critics as "the most comprehensive modern treatment of that crucial period in American history" and an "indispensable book for any serious student of the American Civil War."

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He is also the recipient of the Barondess Lincoln Award presented by the New York City Civil War Roundtable and the Lincoln Prize presented by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute at Gettysburg College. His numerous other awards include postdoctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, and Harvard Law School.

Before coming to UIS, Paludan taught for 30 years at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he was Professor of History and Distinguished Lecturer in Western Civilization. He has also served as a visiting professor at Rutgers University and at University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Paludan received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the A.B. and M.A. from Occidental College.

Those who can not attend in person can watch Paludan’s address via a live webcast of UIS commencement ceremonies at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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