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Dr. Vernon Burton to deliver McMurtry Lecture on Oct. 24

The Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy and The Duncan School of Law are pleased to present the R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture. The 2014 McMurtry Lecture is scheduled for Friday October 24, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum’s Arnold Auditorium. The subject of this year’s lecture is “The Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington” by Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, a prolific author and expert on the South and race relations.

Burton is Creativity Professor of Humanities, Professor of History, Sociology, and Computer Science at Clemson University, and the Director of the Clemson CyberInstitute.  His books include The Age of Lincoln (2007) and In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (1985).

Burton obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University.  He was the founding Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) at the University of Illinois, where he is emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, University Scholar, and Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology.  He is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), where he was Associate Director for Humanities and Social Sciences.  He is also vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Congressional National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

His honors and recognitions include: selection as the 1999 U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year, the 2004 American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Prize, the 2006 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement from the University of Illinois, appointment as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, and election to honorary life membership in BrANCH (British American Nineteenth-Century Historians) and the Society of American Historians.  He has served as president of the Southern Historical Association and of the Agricultural History Society, and was one of ten historians selected to contribute to the Presidential Inaugural Portfolio by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for 2013.

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2013 McMurtry Lecture by Ron Soodalter now online

If you didn’t get to hear Ron Soodalter deliver this year’s R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture, you can now read a copy by clicking here.  Previous lectures are also available to read at the Lincoln Institute’s website.

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Ron Soodalter to deliver McMurtry lecture on Nov. 1

The Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy and LMU’s Duncan School of Law will host the 2013 R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 1st at 11:00 A.M.  The presentation will be held in the Arnold Auditorium of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, TN.

This year’s lecture is “The Quality of Mercy: Abraham Lincoln and the Power to Pardon,” presented by Ron Soodalter.  Mr. Soodalter holds a B.A. in American History and master’s degrees in Education and American Folk Culture, and has taught in various schools throughout New York State as well as New York City’s Riker’s Island Prison. He worked as curator of a Colorado history museum, where he also served on the Board of Directors of the 10-state Mountain-Plains Museums Conference.

In addition to his two current books – Hanging Captain Gordon and The Slave Next Door – Soodalter’s articles appear frequently in magazines. He has written for several publications, including the New York Times, Smithsonian, Civil War Times, Military History, New York Archives, and True West, and has been a featured columnist for America’s Civil War. He is the recipient of the International Regional Magazine Association’s 2010 Gold Award for History, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

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McMurtry Lecture this Friday

Don’t forget about the R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture at LMU’s Duncan School of Law, this Friday at 11:00 A.M.  Dr. Jason R. Jividen of Saint Vincent College will speak on “The Lincoln Image and the Idea of Equality in American Presidential Rhetoric.”

LMU-DSOL is located at 601 W. Summit Hill Drive in Knoxville, TN.  Remote viewing will be available at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on LMU’s main campus, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN.

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Jason Jividen will deliver McMurtry Lecture on Nov. 9

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.

LMU’s Duncan School of Law is located at 601 W. Summit Hill Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Burrus Carnahan to deliver McMurtry Lecture

Burrus Carnahan, Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University and foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State, will deliver the R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture at LMU’s Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, TN on November 4, 2011. 

Carnahan is an authority on international law and arms control, having served as a lawyer for the U.S. Air Force and participated in numerous arms control negotiations.  He is the author of Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War and Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War.

The Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy hosts this lecture series in honor of R. Gerald McMurtry, a noted scholar who laid the foundation for LMU’s superb collection of Lincoln and Civil War material.  The Duncan School of Law is at 601 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902.

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