FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: November 12, 2002
Contact: Cheryl D. Peck
SPRINGFIELD – A tremendous response from the public for tickets to the Inaugural Lincoln Legacy Lecture, Lincoln and Race, has resulted in a decision to change its location. The lecture, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, will be held in the Studio Theatre at the University of Illinois at Springfield instead of Brookens Auditorium, as originally planned. The Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.
“The response to the lecture has been so great that we decided to change the venue to the Studio Theatre,” said Barbara Ferrara, event coordinator. She noted that despite the change, seating is still limited and tickets are required. Up to two complimentary tickets may be reserved on a space available basis by calling (217) 206-7163.
Professional historian and political activist Mary Frances Berry and renowned Lincoln scholar Phillip Shaw Paludan will deliver the lecture, which is the first major public event to be held by UIS’ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies. The center 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.
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.
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.
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 Ferrara at 206-6576.