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**POSTPONED** Ceremony of Investiture Honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies

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**POSTPONED**  Ceremony of Investiture Honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies
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**POSTPONED** Ceremony of Investiture Honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies

University of Illinois Springfield

Please join us in honoring Dr. Graham A. Peck, the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies, at a Ceremony of Investiture with reception to follow. During the ceremony, Dr. Peck will receive a medallion that symbolizes his position as a distinguished professor. After this, he will present a lecture, Abraham Lincoln and the Making of an Antislavery Nation.

RSVP here or call 217-206-6058. Reservations requested by March 10.

Location:
Brookens Auditorium in Public Affairs Center
University of Illinois Springfield
2200 Ernest Hemingway Drive
Springfield, Illinois (Map)

Graham A. Peck, Ph.D.
UIS Professor, History

Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. was raised in Oakland, California, a first-generation American born to parents who immigrated from England in the early 1960s. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1991 from California State University, Hayward, and received his master’s and doctorate in American History from Northwestern University.

He taught at Saint Xavier University in Chicago for 17 years before joining the History Department at UIS in 2019 as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies. Graham has taught classes on United States History, Illinois History and Historical Methods, and hopes to create new courses that focus on Abraham Lincoln.

Graham’s published scholarship—which includes multiple articles and the book Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the Battle Over Freedom—focuses on antebellum American political history, and particularly on Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and the origins of the Civil War. His scholarship goes beyond the written word, as evidenced by the feature-length film he wrote, directed and produced on Douglas for use at the Douglas Tomb State Historic Site in Chicago. He also created an eight-episode podcast on Mother Catherine McAuley, the 19th century nun who founded The Sisters of Mercy.

The Center for Lincoln Studies at UIS drew him to the university, and will enable him to contribute to an initiative that provides students, faculty, scholars and the public a platform to better understand Lincoln’s life and his continual impact on our world. He lives in Springfield—a place with “echoes of Lincoln and American history everywhere present”—with his wife and two daughters.

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