Mourning Father Abraham

promotional image

“Mourning Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Assassination and the Public’s Response”

The Center, in cooperation with the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, and with the support of The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, will present a scholarly symposium on April 30, 2015, titled:”Mourning Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Assassination and the Public’s Response.” The featured speakers will be: Dr. Michael Burlingame, Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS; Dr. Martha Hodes, Professor of History, New York University; and Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University. Dr. Burlingame will discuss “Lincoln as Father Figure.” Dr. Masur will focus on “Lincoln’s Last Speech and the Problem of Reconstruction.” Dr. Hodes will describe “Shock and Fury, Gloom and Glee: Personal Responses to Lincoln’s Assassination.” The event will be held in Brookens Auditorium at UIS from 7-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed. Overflow seating will be available. For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Ferrara, or 217-206-7094.

Funders Include:

  • The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
  • The Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies
  • Brookens Library Holtz Memorial Lecture
  • Engaged Citizenship (ECCE) Speaker Series
  • Gobberdiel Endowment
  • Illinois State Historical Society
  • Staab Funeral Home
  • WUIS/Illinois Issues
  • Laurie and David Farrell
  • Alex Rabin

Video On Demand


Speaker’ Bios:


Live Webcast:

View the webcast at the time of the event: April 30, 2015 at 7:pm CST