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The Lincoln Lecture

The annual Lincoln Lecture will be on Founders Day, Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall.

The Lincoln Lecture is one of several special events instituted in anticipation of Washburn University’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. It is free and open to the public.

Washburn was established as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas on Feb. 6, 1865.

Learn more about John Stauffer, presenter of the 2014 Lincoln Lecture

John StaufferJohn Stauffer is a Professor of English and of African and African American Studies and Chair of the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard.

Stauffer's lecture, "GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass," will discuss the legacies of the two men and why they still matter.

Stauffer is considered a leading Civil War era scholar, particularly concerning antislavery. His research interests also include social movements and interracial friendship. He is the author or editor of eight books, including The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race and Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, both which won numerous awards. He also has penned more than 50 articles for Time, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Raritan and the New York Sun. Stauffer has appeared on national radio and television shows and has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe.

Stauffer will be at Washburn Feb. 6-7, 2014. In addition to the Lincoln Lecture, he will speak to students, the Washburn Leadership Institute and faculty members, and participate in other special activities.

Stauffer received a doctorate from Yale University in 1999 and won the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American studies. He began teaching at Harvard the same year and leads courses on protest literature, southern literature, Douglass and Melville, the Civil War, autobiography, the nineteenth-century novel and historical fiction. He was raised in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and now resides in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Deborah Cunningham, and their sons Erik and Nicholas.

Previous Lincoln Lectures

2013 - Manisha Sinha, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, presented "Race and Equality in the Age of Lincoln."

2012 - Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian, presented “Lincoln and Washburn University: Toward a New America.”