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Third Lincoln Legacy Lecture examines “Lincoln’s Presidential Virtues”

October 15, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - William L. Miller, Scholar in Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, will speak on “Lincoln’s Presidential Virtues,” the third and final lecture in the 2004 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series, on Thursday, October 21, at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  The theme of this year’s Series is “Ethics and Power.”

Miller’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Miller is the author of Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002), chosen by the Abraham Lincoln Institute as the best book on Lincoln published that year, and Arguing about Slavery (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996). Retired from the UV faculty since 1999, Miller previously served that institution as professor of Religious Studies, Commonwealth Professor, and Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of Political and Social Thought. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Social Ethics from Yale.

Each year UIS’ Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series brings nationally renowned scholars to Springfield to present lectures on public policy issues that, while they are of contemporary interest, are also topics that engaged Abraham Lincoln and the citizens of his era.  Speakers focus on the topic’s modern form as well as how Lincoln addressed it.  Sponsors are the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and Phillip Shaw Paludan, Professor of History and Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at UIS.

Paludan, who also serves as moderator for all three lectures, received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Harvard Law School. He is the winner of the Barondess Lincoln award and the Lincoln Prize and is the author of four books dealing with Constitutional history, and 19th century U.S. social, intellectual, and political history.

For more information, contact the Center at 217/206-6576.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 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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