The symposium is sponsored by The
Abraham Lincoln Association, the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It
is free and open to the public.
The day's events will begin at 11:30
a.m. with a book signing by Ronald C. White, author of "The Eloquent
President." The symposium sessions begin at 1 p.m. in the Old State
Capitol's Hall of Representatives, with Kim Matthew Bauer of the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library presiding.
"Redressing Wrongs Already Long
Enough Endured: Lincoln and the Executive Power" will be presented
by Herman Belz, professor of history at the University of Maryland,
College Park. Belz received the Albert J. Beveridge Award for his
first book, "Reconstruction and the Union: Theory and Policy during
the Civil War" (1969). He has written two other books, "A New Birth
of Freedom: The Republican Party and Freedman's Rights, 1861-1866"
(1976) and "Emancipation and Equal Rights: Politics and
Constitutionalism in the Civil War Era" (1978). Belz joined Alfred
H. Kelly and Winfred A. Harbison as co-author of "The American
Constitution: Its Origins and Development" (1983).
Phillip Shaw Paludan, Naomi Lynn
Lincoln Chair at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will
present "Lincoln and Democracy." Paludan's publications include "A
Covenant with Death: The Constitution, Law, and Equality in the
Civil War Era" (1975); "Victims: A True Story of the Civil War"
(1981); "‘A People's Contest': The Union and Civil War, 1861-1865"
(1988); and "The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln" (1994). Paludan is a
winner of the Lincoln Prize.
"Lincoln's Constitutional Legacy"
will be presented by Daniel A. Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law
at the University of California at Berkeley. Farber earned his J.D.
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was
editor of the University Law Review. He clerked for U.S. Supreme
Court Justice John Paul Stevens and practiced law before joining the
faculty at the University of Illinois Law School. Farber has also
served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School and
has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Stanford
and Harvard law schools. His publications include "Lincoln's
Constitution" (2003), "Desperately Seeking Certainty" (2002),
"Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an
Uncertain World" (1999) and "The First Amendment" (1998).
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Comments on the
presentations will be made by Sandra F. VanBurkleo, associate
professor of history at Wayne State University. VanBurkleo has a
Ph.D. in American constitutional and legal history. Her publications
include "‘Belonging to the World': Women's Rights and American
Constitutional Culture" (2001) and, as editor with Kermit Hall and
Robert Kaczorowski, "Constitutionalism and American Culture: Writing
the New Constitutional History" (2002).
The annual Abraham Lincoln Association
Banquet will be at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Springfield Hotel. The
banquet speaker will be Mark A. Plummer, professor of history
emeritus at Illinois State University. Plummer is the author of
"Frontier Governor: Samuel J. Crawford of Kansas" and "Robert G.
Ingersoll: Peoria's Pagan Politician." His "Lincoln's Railsplitter:
Governor Richard J. Oglesby" received the Book of the Year award
from the Illinois State Historical Society in 2002. Plummer served
as chairman of the history department at Illinois State University,
where he taught from 1960 until his retirement.
Reservations for the banquet, at $50
per person, must be made by Feb. 9. Call (217) 747-5502 or visit
The Abraham Lincoln Association is
one of the oldest and the largest group devoted to the study of
Abraham Lincoln and his times. Founded in 1908 to celebrate the
Lincoln centennial, the Abraham Lincoln Association is the leader in
Lincoln research and publications. It publishes the distinguished
Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association as well as a quarterly
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