Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

6pm Reception | 7pm Lecture

Join us for the 2019 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series presented by the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies on Tuesday, October 15 at the UIS Student Union (campus map). A reception with light refreshments will begin at 6pm with the lecture to follow at 7pm.

This year’s Lincoln Legacy Lecture will focus on Lincoln, Immigration, and Citizenship with professors Jason Silverman and Mark Steiner, experts in the field. Both scholars will discuss Lincoln’s views on immigration and citizenship, and Dr. Michael Burlingame will moderate and provide an overview. This topic is not only timely in our national discussion but also provides an historical perspective during one of our nation’s most troubled times.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP online today or call 217.206.6058. For those who cannot attend in person, a live webcast is available.

Dr. Michael Burlingame


Dr. Michael Burlingame
Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies
University of Illinois Springfield

Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at University of Illinois Springfield, is the author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, and Lincoln and the Civil War, as well as the editor of many collections of Lincoln primary source materials. A graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University, he taught at Connecticut College in New London for many years before joining the faculty at University of Illinois Springfield in 2009. That year, The Atlantic rated Abraham Lincoln: A Life one of the five best books of the year, and in the New York Review of Books, the dean of Civil War historians, James McPherson, wrote that Burlingame “knows more about Lincoln than any other living person.”


Jason Silverman


Dr. Jason Silverman
Palmer Professor Emeritus
Winthrop University

Jason Silverman recently retired from the faculty at South Carolina’s Winthrop University, where he taught history for over three decades. He specializes in the history of the old South and the Civil War. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his graduate degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky, he taught history at Yale for four years before joining the faculty at Winthrop. The author or editor of 11 books, including “Lincoln and the Immigrant” and “Immigration in the American South,” he has won numerous awards for his teaching and three of his books have been nominated for national book awards. He is currently working on a study of President Lincoln’s reputation in 19th century Europe.


Mark Steiner


Dr. Mark E. Steiner
Professor of Law
South Texas University School of Law

Mark Steiner, Professor of Law at the South Texas University School of Law in Houston, specializes in immigration law and American legal history. He was twice selected as a Fulbright Scholar and taught law at the University of Latvia and the College of Law at National Taiwan University. He is the author of “An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln “and Lincoln and Citizenship,” soon to be published by the Southern Illinois University Press as a volume in its Concise Lincoln Library. For years he served as an editor on the Lincoln Legal Papers Project with UIS Professor of History Cullom Davis.