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KU plans Lincoln Week events

December 18, 2003

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A Pulitzer Prize winner and other experts on Abraham Lincoln will participate in a series of events early next year surrounding Kansas' sesquicentennial celebration.

"Lincoln Week," presented by the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, will run Feb. 8-12.

The speakers will be:

  • Feb. 8 -- Douglas Wilson, director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. He is the author of "Honor's Voice," which details Lincoln's life before entering the White House.
  • Feb. 9 -- Allen Guelzo, professor of American history at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. Guelzo was a co-winner of the 2001 Lincoln Prize for his biography, "Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President."
  • Feb. 10 -- Harold Holzer, director of public affairs at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-chairman of the Lincoln bicentennial commission. Holzer has written or edited 19 books, including "The Lincoln Image" and "Lincoln on Democracy."
  • Feb. 11 -- Jean Baker, professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore. Baker is author of "Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography."
  • Feb. 12 -- James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era." He is professor of history at Princeton University and also has won the Lincoln Prize for "For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War."

All lectures are free and open to the public.

The first four lectures will be at 7 p.m. in Hansen Hall of the Dole Institute. McPherson's lecture -- which is on the 195th anniversary of Lincoln's birth -- will be at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

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