The Abraham Lincoln Institute for Leadership and Public Policy is pleased to announce Dr. Jason R. Jividen as the R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture Series speaker. The Duncan School of Law will host the event on November 9, 2012 and will provide Continuing Education Units (CEU). Dr. Jividen’s lecture title is, “The Lincoln Image and the Idea of Equality in American Presidential Rhetoric.” Dr. Jividen will briefly survey and critically discuss presidential appeals to Lincoln, and Lincoln’s ideas about equality as a paramount political good. Jividen argues that, in these appeals, Lincoln’s understanding of equality is often misunderstood or misrepresented and that this has significant consequences not only for how we might understand Lincoln, but also for how we understand the legitimate ends and means of American republicanism.
Dr. Jividen is Assistant Professor of Politics in the McKenna School at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and directs the Aurelius Scholars Program in Western Civilization. He also serves as Fellow in Civic and Constitutional Affairs for the Center for Political and Economic Thought. Dr. Jividen earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Northern Illinois University in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Vincent College in the fall of 2010, Dr. Jividen served as director for the Political Science program at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His teaching and research interests include the history of political philosophy and American political thought and institutions. He has presented numerous conference papers and delivered public lectures on topics in ancient and modern political philosophy, the principles of the American Founding, Lincoln’s political thought, and American Progressivism. Dr. Jividen is author of Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011), which critically examines the attempt of progressive and modern liberal U.S. presidents to appropriate the Lincoln image into their political rhetoric. Dr. Jividen’s research interests include political philosophy and American political thought and institutions.
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