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UIS Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series concludes with “Lincoln and the Right to Rise”

October 21, 2005

Dr. Gabor S. Boritt

SPRINGFIELD – Renowned author Gabor S. Boritt will deliver the third and final lecture in the University of Illinois at Springfield’s 2005 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, in Brookens Auditorium on the UIS campus.  The theme of this year’s series is “Lincoln and Economic Opportunity.”

Boritt’s presentation, “Lincoln and the Right to Rise,” is free and open to the public. No reservations are required and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and founder and director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, as well as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lincoln Prize, the $50,000 annual award for the finest work on the Civil War era. His numerous books on Lincoln and the Civil War include Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream (Illinois, 1994).  Boritt’s works have been translated into five languages, and many have been Book of the Month Club and History Book Club selections.  He has also received a Congressional appointment to serve on the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in 2009.  He holds the Ph.D. from Boston University.

At the time of the lecture, click here for 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.

Paludan will serve as moderator and provide a brief commentary following the lecture. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Harvard Law School, Paludan is the winner of the Barondess Lincoln award and the Lincoln Prize. He is also 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.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.