The University of Illinois Springfield will host a scholarly symposium on April 30, 2015, in collaboration with the Lincoln Funeral Coalition and support from The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and cosponsored by Brookens Library as this year’s Holtz Memorial Lecture. “Mourning Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Assassination and the Public’s Response” will feature three Lincoln scholars who will describe the way the public viewed Abraham Lincoln in life and death, including the variation in personal responses to his assassination. Lincoln’s call for black suffrage and the challenges of reunion will also be discussed.
Speakers will include Dr. Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS, Dr. Martha Hodes, Professor of History, New York University, and Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University. The event, at 7:00 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, is free and open to the public. No reservation is required. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is first come, first seated, with overflow seating provided. A reception and book signing will follow. The live webcast can be viewed at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.
The symposium is being organized by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership. For more information: http://cspl.uis.edu/OfficeOfExecutiveDirector/MourningFatherAbraham/index.htm or (217) 206-7094.