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Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series


2015 Lincoln Legacy Lectures
"Lincoln & Voting Rights"

October 15 , 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
in Brookens Auditorium
at the University of Illinois at Springfield



The 2015 Lincoln Legacy Lectures will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Voting Rights Act with a program on “Lincoln & Voting Rights.” Two lectures will be presented on October 15, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. Dr. Michael Vorenberg, Associate Professor of History at Brown University, will present a lecture on “Voting Rights and the Meaning of Freedom: The View from the Civil War Era.” Dr. Ronald Keith Gaddie, President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss “Citizenship and Voting Rights in the Modern Era.” Dr. Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS, will offer opening remarks on “Lincoln and Black Voting Rights.”

Vorenberg is the author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Emancipation Proclamation: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Cultural Editions Series, 2010). He is currently working on a book on the impact of the Civil War on American citizenship.

Gaddie is coauthor of the forthcoming book, The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act (with Charles Bullock, University of Oklahoma Press, fall 2015). His previous books include The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009) and Politics in America (Pearson, 10th ed. 2014).

The Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership, in cooperation with the Chancellor Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies.

Doors to Brookens Auditorium will open at 6:00 p.m. Overflow seating will be provided in the Public Affairs Center conference rooms. A live webcast can be viewed at: http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.

Cosponsors of the 2015 Lincoln Legacy Lectures include:


The event is free and open to the public.