Dr. Allen Guelzo to Lecture on Abraham Lincoln

April 21, 2009

by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. Allen Guelzo will give this year's Albaugh Lecture "Abraham Lincoln As a Man of Ideas" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus.

"As the federal government continues to undergo a dramatic and unprecedented expansion, Lincoln's interpretation of the Constitution and American federalism becomes more and more relevant," said Dr. Michael Foley, associate professor of patristics at Baylor. "Lincoln is the perfect interlocutor for the interesting and uncertain times in which we live. There are few people who know him better than Allen Guelzo."

Guelzo is The Henry R. Luce professor of the Civil War Era, director of Civil War Era studies, and associate director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He holds a master's and doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Guelzo has received the Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He also is the author of several books on American intellectual history, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Era, including his most recent book, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America. He received the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for his books Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, making him the first double Lincoln laureate in the history of both prizes.

Guelzo also has written for The American Historical Review, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, C-SPAN's Booknotes and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

"The Albaugh Lecture is held each year by the Phi Betta Kappa Honors Society with the goal of bringing a nationally renowned scholar to campus for the benefit of the Baylor family and the broader Waco community," Foley said.

The Roy B. Albaugh lectureship was endowed in the late 1970s by Oma Buchanan Albaugh in memory of her late husband, a Waco business and civic leader. Past lecturers include Leon Kass, Ralph Nader, Stephen J. Gould and John Updike.

For more information on the lecture contact Foley at (254) 710-7284 or Michael_Foley@baylor.edu.

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