Ceremony of Investiture Honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D.
The University of Illinois Springfield
The University of Illinois Springfield invites you to join (via Zoom) the Ceremony of Investiture honoring Graham A. Peck, Ph.D. as the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies on Thursday, September 24 at 2 p.m. CST.
During the ceremony, Dr. Graham 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."
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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.