Film Premiere and Panel Discussion - Lincoln & Douglas: Touring Illinois in Tumultuous Times
The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies
The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies, Dr. Graham Peck co-directed Lincoln & Douglas: Touring Illinois in Turbulent Times, a 47-minute documentary road film about the Lincoln-Douglas debates, which he made with art professor Nathan Peck during the tumultuous COVID summer of 2020. The film features five Lincoln and Douglas reenactors and several interviews, including one with a BLM activist in Springfield who successfully urged removal of Douglas’ statue from the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol.
After the program there will be a presentation by Lincoln re-enactor Randy Duncan, Lincoln and the Lakota. President Abraham Lincoln reflects on the days, events and people connected with the Lakota Indian uprising in Minnesota, the conviction of 303 Native Americans, and Lincoln’s pardoning of all but 39–our nation’s most recent mass hanging, but also our largest mass pardoning.
Randy Duncan has given first-person presentations as Abraham Lincoln since 1997. He has worked for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition in central Illinois, the Illinois Office of Tourism in Mexico City, and many schools, civic groups, conventions, and businesses.
Panelists and Presenter:
After the film premiere there will be a panel discussion with the creators and contributors to the film:
• Dr. Graham Peck, UIS
• Associate Professor Nathan Peck, Associate Professor of Digital Art at St. Xavier University
• Sunshine Clemons, Co-Founder, Springfield Black Lives Matter
• Kathryn Harris, retired from the ALPLM and active in many community organizations
• Randy Duncan, Abraham Lincoln portrayer for over 20 years
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Student Union Ballroom
University of Illinois at Springfield
2251 Richard Wright Drive
Springfield, IL 62703 (Map)