2017 Abraham Lincoln symposium
March 18, 2017
The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free symposium on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, at Ford’s Theatre. Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Opening Remarks at 9:00 a.m.
Length: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration for tickets is encouraged and available through March 6, 2017. Day-of tickets will be available first-come, first-served.
DANIEL W. CROFTS – 9:15 A.M.
The Paradoxical Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln and the Other Thirteenth Amendment
Crofts writes about the North-South sectional crisis that led to the Civil War. His five books include "Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis" (1989) and "A Secession Crisis Enigma: William Henry Hurlbert and 'The Diary of a Public Man'" (2010). He made many contributions between 2011 and 2014 to the New York Times blog “Disunion.” He earned his doctorate at Yale University in 1968 and taught history at The College of New Jersey from 1975 to 2014.
STEPHEN D. ENGLE – 10:25 A.M.
'They are a Body of Wise and Patriotic Men’: Lincoln’s Loyal Governors
Stephen D. Engle is professor of history, and Director of the Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past Fulbright Scholar to Germany, is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and a lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s Associates Program. In 2016, was also awarded an Andrew Mellon Fellowship to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
ALLEN C. GUELZO – 11:35 A.M.
Hating Lincoln, or, Why So Many Americans Think the Great Emancipator is No Longer Great or an Emancipator
Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of "Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President" (1999), "Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America" (2004), "Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America" (2008) and "Redeeming the Great Emancipator" (2016). His book on the battle of Gettysburg, "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" was a New York Times best seller in 2013.
JASON SILVERMAN – 1:55 P.M.
'I am not a Know Nothing. . . .How Can I be?': Abraham Lincoln's Life-long Relationship with Immigrants
Jason H. Silverman is the Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History at Winthrop University where he has taught for 33 years. Before coming to Winthrop, Silverman was a member of the faculty of Yale University, where he taught for four years. Author or editor of 11 books, Dr. Silverman has won numerous awards for his teaching and three of his books have been nominated for national book awards, with his most recent winning "The Immigrants’ Civil War Award." In 1990, he became the first person in Winthrop's history to be named South Carolina Professor of the Year.
DOUGLAS L. WILSON – 3:05 P.M.
William H. Herndon in His Own Voice
Douglas L. Wilson is George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and Co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. His writing on Lincoln has appeared in "The Atlantic," "Time," "The American Scholar," the "Wall Street Journal," the "New York Times," and has resulted in six books. Two of these, "Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln" (1998) and "Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words" (2006), were awarded the Lincoln Prize.