Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series at UIS features noted authors

October 10, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Mark A. Noll and Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr. will be the speakers at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s 2006 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS. The theme of this year’s program is “Lincoln and America’s Faith.”

Dr. Mark A Noll Noll will speak on “Lincoln, Providence and the Bible.” Currently Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, Noll is the author of many books, including The Civil War as Theological Crisis (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and America’s God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (Oxford, 2002). He was educated at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he earned the M.A. in church history, and at Vanderbilt University, where he earned the Ph.D. in American religious history, and he taught for many years at Wheaton College before moving to Notre Dame. His main academic interests focus on the interaction of Christianity and culture in 18th- and 19th-century Anglo-American societies. He has been the recipient of two year-long fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in fall 2004 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. During the 2004-05 academic year he served as Maguire Fellow of American History and Ethics at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. He is an advisory editor for Books and Culture: A Christian Review and his essays and reviews have appeared in a number of academic and popular journals.

Dr. Ronald C White, jr. White’s topic for the evening will be “Abraham Lincoln’s Sermon on the Mount.” He currently serves as a fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and a professor emeritus of American religious history at San Francisco Theological Seminary. White is the author or editor of seven books, including Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (Simon and Schuster, 2002) and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln through His Words (Random House, 2005). Lincoln’s Greatest Speech was honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002 and was on the best-seller list of both the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Eloquent President was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. White is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Ph.D. in religion and history from Princeton University. He is presently writing a biography of Abraham Lincoln scheduled for publication in January 2009. He has lectured on Lincoln at the White House and been interviewed on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Each year, UIS’ Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series brings nationally renowned scholars to Springfield to present lectures on public policy issues that are of contemporary interest and that also 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 will serve as moderator for the discussion. He 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.