Past Symposia

2010 – “Presidential Options, Presidential Decision-Making, and Social Consequences”

The inaugural symposium was held in October 2010, on the theme of “Presidential Options, Presidential Decision-Making, and Social Consequences,” and brought distinguished scholars from Princeton, Yale, Bowdoin College, Purdue, the University of Oregon, and many other institutions, to discuss the importance of Lincoln’s presidency in historical and social science context.

2011 – ” The Civil War: Causes, Conduct, and Consequences”

The second symposium (2011) focused on the lessons of the Civil War and “civil war” as a more general phenomenon, while the third (2012) examined the role of Lincoln’s leadership as president in the emancipation process.

2012 – “Emancipation: What Came Before, How It Worked, and What Followed”

The third symposium (2012) focused on the workings of the Emancipation Proclamation, what it meant, and what happened before.


2013 – “”

The fourth symposium (2013) looked at the dichotomy between the Lincoln Presidency and the Obama Presidency.