Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium - Saturday March 16, 2019 Limited number of day-of tickets available.

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Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposiums

“The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”

Advance tickets are sold out. Limited number of day-of tickets available.



Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. (ALI), provides free, ongoing education on the life, career, and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ALI offers resources for educators, governmental and community leaders, and the general public through symposia, seminars, lectures, and special events.

Ford’s Theatre
Washington, D.C.

Saturday March 16, 2019

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. and the Ford’s Theatre Society


David Blight / Yale University
“Lincoln and Frederick Douglass”

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. In 2013-14 he was the William Pitt Professor of American History at Cambridge University, and in 2010-11, he was the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-century American History at the Huntington Library. Blight is the author or editor of several books, and has won numerous prizes, including the Bancroft Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize. His most recent book is Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

Nina Silber / Boston University
” ‘A Passionate Addiction’ to Lincoln: Remembering ‘Honest Abe’ in New Deal America”

Nina Silber is professor of history at Boston University. She has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard University’s Warren Center, and has published numerous books, including The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993); Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992); Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005); and Gender and the Sectional Conflict (2008). Her most recent book is This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America (2018).

Richard Carwardine / Oxford University
“Lincoln’s Sense of Humor: A Double-Edged Sword”

Richard Carwardine is the author or editor of several books, including Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (Knopf, 2006), which won the Lincoln Prize, and Lincoln’s Sense of Humor (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018). From 2002 to 2009 he was Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, and a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. He also served as President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 2010 to 2016.

James Tackach / Roger Williams University
“Lincoln and the Natural Environment”

James Tackach is a Professor of English at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He is the author of Lincoln’s Moral Vision: The Second Inaugural Address (University Press of Mississippi, 2002) and Lincoln and the Natural Environment (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018). He has served as President of the Lincoln Group of Boston since 2007.

William Freehling / University of Kentucky
“Lincoln’s ‘Antislavery’ and the Causes of the Civil War”

William W. Freehling is Singletary Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books on the American Civil War, including Prelude to Civil War (1965), which won both the Nevins and Bancroft Prizes, and the prize-winning Road to Disunion, 2 vols. (1990, 2007). His most recent book is Becoming Lincoln (University of Virginia Press, 2018).