FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: November 8, 2002

                                                                                                       Contact: Cheryl D. Peck




Inaugural Lincoln Legacy Lecture on Lincoln and Race


SPRINGFIELD – Professional historian and political activist Mary Frances Berry and renowned Lincoln scholar Phillip Shaw Paludan will deliver the Inaugural Lincoln Legacy Lecture, Lincoln and Race, on November 19 at the University of Illinois at Springfield. 

The lecture is the first major public event to be held by UIS’ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies, which was established this summer as the academic arm of the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  A dedication ceremony for the library will be held on November 18.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library.  Although there is no charge, tickets are required and seating in the auditorium is limited. Overflow seating will be available. Please call 206-7163 for ticket information.

Dr. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches history and law.  In 1980, she was appointed by President Carter and confirmed by the Senate as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  After President Reagan fired her for criticizing his civil rights policies, she sued him and won reinstatement in federal district court.  In 1993, President Clinton designated her


chairperson of the Civil Rights Commission.  She was reappointed in January 1999.

Dr. Paludan is the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS.  One of the nation’s foremost authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, he is a professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He has won many awards for his scholarship on Lincoln and the Civil War, including the prestigious Lincoln Prize, awarded by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute at Gettysburg College, for his 1994 book The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. He has also received the Barondess/Lincoln Award of the Civil War Roundtable of New York City.    

Dr. Berry has appeared as a guest on numerous television news shows including Nightline, Crossfire, Lead Story, The News Hour, Face the Nation, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey and Good Morning America.

She is also one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement, which instigated protests at the South African Embassy in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.  She was arrested and jailed several times in the cause. (See attached profile for more information.)

Dr. Paludan is also the recipient of several awards for teaching, including the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award in 1988 and as a visiting professor at Rutgers University and at University College in Dublin, Ireland. (See attached profile for more information.)

Each of the two speakers will make a 30-minute presentation followed by a short break. The second half of the program will be a brief dialogue between the speakers and then questions and answers.

For more information about this event, please call Barbara Ferrara at 206-6576.