2021 Lincoln Legacy Workshop: Lincoln, Antislavery, and Anti-racism

Date: October 16th, 2021
Location: UIS Student Union, Springfield, IL
Participants: K-12 educators
Registration Deadline: October 14th, 2021

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The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Center for Lincoln Studies invites K-12 social studies educators to the first annual Lincoln Legacy Lecture workshop, focusing on Lincoln, Antislavery, and Antiracism. The Center invites up to twenty K-12 social studies educators and preservice educators to participate in up to five sessions of a day-long professional development event at the UIS campus. The first two sessions will be exclusively for teachers. The three subsequent sessions will be for both teachers and the general public. In the teaching sessions, master teachers and a Lincoln scholar will present materials and perspectives on Lincoln, race, and slavery; the participants will then collaborate to develop their own lesson on Lincoln, race, and slavery. In the last three sessions, the subjects of Lincoln, race, and slavery will be probed further using film, living history, and recent, pathbreaking scholarship.


Session 1

10:30am-11:30am: Rachel Harris and Peter Anderson, “Deconstructing Lincoln’s Antislavery Stance in the Middle School and High School Classroom.”

  • Harrison and Anderson will present their ideas about how to teach Lincoln in the middle school and high school classroom. Q&A follows.

Session 2

11:45am-1:15pm: Graham Peck, Lunch & Workshop

  • Peck will introduce and contextualize some of Lincoln’s important documents on slavery and race to help workshop participants develop their own lesson plans.

Session 3

1:30am- 2:45pm: Film premiere and panel discussion of Lincoln & Douglas: Touring Illinois in Tumultuous Times

  • A 47-minute documentary road film about the Lincoln-Douglas debates that addresses the controversies over Stephen Douglas, statues, and race. Directors and cast members will take Q&A after the screening.

Session 4

3:00pm-4:00pm: Randy Duncan, Lincoln and the Lakota

  • Acclaimed Lincoln reenactor Randy Duncan presents a powerful living history of Abraham Lincoln reflecting on the events of the Lakota Indian uprising in Minnesota.

Session 5

6:00pm-9:00pm: David Reynolds and James Oakes, Lectures on Lincoln and Antiracism

  • Lincoln prize-winning historians Reynolds and Oakes present the 2021 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series. Both men reinterpret Lincoln’s antiracism in their pioneering scholarship.

Eligibility, Application Link, and Costs

We welcome K-12 and preservice social studies educators to apply to the Lincoln and Antislavery workshop. Registration is online and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The Center for Lincoln Studies will provide lunch during the workshop.

CPDU credits

Participants will be required to attend and take part in the teacher workshop sessions. Upon completion of those sessions, they will receive a certificate for 2.5 CPDU hours. Teachers who attend additional events can earn up to 7.75 CPDU hours.

Please Note: Participants who wish to attend the other events must register separately for them. Please click here for the film premiere and living history presentation, and here for the Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lectures.


All activities offered during the workshop will adhere to the guidelines set by the CDC and the State of Illinois. Participants of the workshop will be required to follow UIS Covid-19 safety guidelines. Participants who fail to comply with the safety guidelines will be removed from the workshop. Participants’ health and safety are of the utmost importance. If at any point before the workshop it becomes impossible to conduct an in-person program in compliance with CDC guidelines, we will shift to a virtual format on the same dates. Registered participants will be notified of this shift.


Please email uislincoln@uis.edu.