Lincoln, Immigration, and Citizenship
2019 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series
This year’s Lincoln Legacy Lecture will focus on Lincoln, Immigration, and Citizenship with professors Jason Silverman and Mark Steiner, experts in the field. Both scholars will discuss Lincoln’s views on immigration and citizenship, and Dr. Michael Burlingame will moderate and provide an overview. This topic is not only timely in our national discussion but also provides an historical perspective during one of our nation’s most troubled times.
Reception: 6 p.m.
Lecture: 7 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP online today or call 217.206.6058. For those who cannot attend in person, a live webcast is available.
UIS Student Union
2251 Richard Wright Drive
Springfield, IL (Map)
Dr. Michael Burlingame
Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at University of Illinois Springfield, is the author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, and Lincoln and the Civil War, as well as the editor of many collections of Lincoln primary source materials. A graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University, he taught at Connecticut College in New London for many years before joining the faculty at University of Illinois Springfield in 2009. That year, The Atlantic rated Abraham Lincoln: A Life one of the five best books of the year, and in the New York Review of Books, the dean of Civil War historians, James McPherson, wrote that Burlingame “knows more about Lincoln than any other living person.”
Dr. Jason Silverman
Jason Silverman recently retired from the faculty at South Carolina’s Winthrop University, where he taught history for over three decades. He specializes in the history of the old South and the Civil War. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his graduate degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky, he taught history at Yale for four years before joining the faculty at Winthrop. The author or editor of 11 books, including Lincoln and the Immigrant and Immigration in the American South, he has won numerous awards for his teaching and three of his books have been nominated for national book awards. He is currently working on a study of President Lincoln's reputation in 19th century Europe.
Dr. Mark Steiner
Mark Steiner, Professor of Law at the South Texas University School of Law in Houston, specializes in immigration law and American legal history. He was twice selected as a Fulbright Scholar and taught law at the University of Latvia and the College of Law at National Taiwan University. He's the author of An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln and Citizenship, soon to be published by the Southern Illinois University Press as a volume in its Concise Lincoln Library. For years he served as an editor on the Lincoln Legal Papers Project with UIS Professor of History Cullom Davis.