FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Date: June 11, 2003

       Contact: Peggy Dunn, 206-7399


UIS Lincoln Presidential Center to present seminar on “Society, Slavery, and the Civil War”

SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present “Society, Slavery, and the Civil War” – a daylong seminar studying the relationships between slavery, society, war, and the thoughts and actions of Abraham Lincoln – from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

Four morning sessions presented by Phillip Paludan, Orville Vernon Burton, Haskell Springer, and Walter Johnson will be followed by a luncheon address by Glennette Tilley Turner, who will share her research on the Underground Railroad in Illinois. The afternoon will feature a roundtable discussion of the morning’s topics, with time for questions from the audience.

Paludan is Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies at UIS. He has received two of the most prestigious prizes in Civil War studies – the Lincoln Prize awarded by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute at Gettysburg College (for his 1994 book The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln) and the Barondess/Lincoln Award of the Civil War Round Table of New York City. His teaching and scholarship have been recognized by numerous institutions including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the

American Council of Learned Societies, and the Harvard Law School. He is a frequent speaker on Civil War topics ranging from the Constitution in wartime to Lincoln and politics, ideas of death in wartime, Civil War-era music, and Lincoln as a speaker and writer.

            Burton is a professor of history and sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-

Champaign whose major areas of research are race relations, family, community, and religion. His work has appeared in more than a hundred articles in a variety of journals and he is the author or


editor of six books including In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (1985). Chosen as one of the first three UIUC University Distinguished Teacher/Scholars in 1999, he was also selected by the Carnegie Foundation and CASE as the 1999 U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year.  In the 2000-2001 academic year he was named a Carnegie Scholar as well as Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the Citadel.

Springer is the author and editor of books and articles on a number of literary figures including Irving, Melville, Howells, Cummings, and Thoreau, as well as subjects as varied as women’s autobiography and sea literature. He has been a Fulbright lecturer and a visiting professor at the Sorbonne and other French universities. His special interests are Melville, digital literature, and electronic literary editing.

Johnson teaches in the History Department and the American Studies Program of New York University. His research and teaching interests are southern history, African American history, slavery, capitalism, and social theory. His publications include Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, which won several prizes including the 2000 Avery O. Craven Award of the Organization of American Historians, the 2000 John Hope Franklin Prize, and the Thomas J. Wilson Prize awarded by Howard University Press. He is currently at work on a book about slavery and capitalism in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Turner grew up listening to stories, handed down through the generations, about family members who overcame obstacles. Her books for young readers include The Underground Railroad in Illinois (Newman), Running for Our Lives (Holiday House), The Underground Railroad in Du Page County Illinois (Newman), Surprise for Mrs. Burns (Albert Whitman), Follow in Their Footsteps (Dutton/Cobblehill), Take a Walk in Their Shoes (Dutton/Cobblehill), and Lewis Howard Latimer (Silver Burdett).

This seminar is free and open to the public. Only reservations made before June 16 will receive tickets for lunch. Call (217) 206-7163 to make reservations or for more information.