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Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series at UIS features prize-winning authors

October 6, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Allen C. Guelzo, winner of the Lincoln Prize, will deliver the first lecture in the Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series on Thursday, October 13, at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  The theme of this year’s Series, on October 13, 20, and 26, is “Lincoln and Economic Opportunity.”

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo

Guelzo’s talk, “Lincoln’s Declaration of Economic Independence,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. His lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  He is also Associate Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.  His most important work, Abraham Lincoln:  Redeemer President (Wm. Eerdemans, 1999) won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize in 2000.  His most recent work is Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004).  Guelzo holds the Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Michael F. Holt

Michael F. Holt, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, will discuss “Lincoln’s Whigs: Expanding Economic Opportunities” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20, in Brookens Auditorium. Holt’s scholarship has focused on 19th century political history.  He has written six books, including The Political Crisis of the 1850s (Norton, 1983) and, with David Herbert Donald and Jean H. Baker, The Civil War and Reconstruction (Norton, 2001).  His Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party (Oxford, 1999) won second prize in the Lincoln Prize competition that year.  Holt received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr. Gabor S. Borritt

The series will conclude on October 26 with “Lincoln and the Right to Rise” presented by Gabor S. Boritt, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and founder and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. His talk will also be at 7:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium.  Boritt is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lincoln Prize, the $50,000 annual award for the finest work on the Civil War era. He is the author of numerous books on Lincoln and the Civil War, including Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream (Illinois, 1994). Many of his works have been Book of the Month Club and History Book Club selections.  His work has been translated into five languages.  He received a Congressional appointment to serve on the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Boritt received the Ph.D. from Boston University.

At the time of each lecture, click here to view a live webcast.

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.  This year’s series is supported by the Carrol C. Hall Lecture Fund at UIS.

Commenting on this year’s theme, Paludan noted, “Lincoln is our greatest President.  Economic opportunity is perhaps the nation’s most well-recognized ideal.  Seeing how one relates to the other should be especially illuminating.”

Paludan will serve as moderator for all three lectures and provide a brief commentary following each lecture. 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.


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