Join the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln

February 11 and 12, 2016
February 11, 2016

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Reception
Edward's Place
700 N. Fourth Street, Springfield, Illinois  (parking available)
Shuttle Bus service between the President Lincoln Hotel and
Edward's Place beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Join us for the unveiling of the newly restored piano that was used
by the Edward's family for entertaining family and friends that would have
included Abraham and Mary Lincoln

Free and open to all ALA members

7:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Benjamin P. Thomas, Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium
The Old State Capitol, 6th and Adams, Springfield, Illinois

Dr. Douglas Wilson, Knox College
George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus;
Co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center
Douglas L. Wilson taught English and American Literature at Knox College, where he is currently George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and, with Rodney O. Davis,  Co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center.  His collaboration with Prof. Davis, which began as a teaching partnership, has produced Herndon's Informants (1998); the annotated transcriptions for the website of the Library of Congress's Abraham Lincoln Papers (1992-2002), and new editions of Herndon's Lincoln (2006), The Lincoln -Douglas Debates (2008), and Herndon on Lincoln: Letters (2015).  His writing on Abraham Lincoln has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, Time the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.  Two of his works, Honor's Voice: the Transformation of Abraham Lincoln (1998) and Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words (2006), were awarded the Lincoln Prize.

Free and open to the public
February 12, 2016

The Benjamin P. Thomas, Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Old State Capitol, 6th and Adams, Springfield, Illinois

Dr. Louise Stevenson
Professor of History and American Studies
Franklin and Marshall College
Louise L. Stevenson writes about 19th century American cultural and intellectual life and transatlantic context.  Lincoln in the Atlantic World follows her Scholarly Means to Evangelical Ends: the New Haven Scholars and the Transformation of Higher Learning in American, 1830-1890 (1986);
The Victorian Homefront: American Thought and Culture, 1860-1880 (1991, new edition 2001), and many ariticles and books on reading in everyday life including James Thomson's The Seasons in the 18th century, Uncle Tom's Cabin in the 19th century, and Harry Potter in the 21st century.

Dr. Jason Silverman
Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History
Winthrop University
Jason H. Silverman has taught History at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, for 31 years.  Previously he taught at Yale University for four years. Author or editor of 11 books, his recent work is Lincoln and the Immigrant, a 2015 publication by Southern University Press that inspired an exhibit in 2015 at President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home in Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public

1:00 p.m.
The Thomas F. Schwartz Luncheon
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. 6th St., Springfield, Illinois

Professor Thomas F. Carson
Professor of Philosophy
Loyola University of Chicago
Thomas L. Carson is a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago; he also taught at Virginia Tech and at UCLA.  He is the author of Lincoln's Ethics (2105).  His previous books have The Status of Morality  (1984) Value and the Good Life (2000), and Lying and Deception: Theory and Practice (2010).

Ticketed Event, Cost $30.00

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2:30 p.m.
Round Table featuring all the symposium speakers
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Dr. Michael Burlingame, Moderator

Free and open to the public

Celebrate the 207th Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Birthday Banquet

Bernice King
Daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King

Bernice A. King is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968. Born the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at age 17. In the summer of 2000, she narrated the Lincoln Portrait with a symphony orchestra in Kiel, Germany. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and holds a Master’s of Divinity and a Doctorate of Law degrees from Emory University. She received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College. She is a member of the Georgia State Bar. On January 30, 2007, the first anniversary of her mother’s death, Bernice returned to her alma mater at Spelman College to announce the establishment of the “Be A King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King.” With a strong concern for youth, community, and family partnership, Bernice served as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system. There she realized that a growing number of teens have been double victims: first of society and second of an ineffective legal system based on retribution instead of rehabilitation. She has served as a mentor to 5th-grade girls at an inner-city Atlanta elementary school. In 2007, Bernice spoke at the inauguration of the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA), where she gave the charge to the 6th-grade girls who would be attending the new, all-girls school. She spearheaded the global events that took place in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the August 28, 2013, 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Bernice founded Be A King, whose mission is to re-brand and re-image generations of people to elevate the way they Think, Act, Live, and Lead. She received the “2009 Lifetime Achievement Advocate Award” from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. As an author, she has to her credit a compelling and inspiring book, Hard Questions, Heart Answers: Speeches and Sermons.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Hotel by Doubletree
701 E. Adams St., Springfield, Illinois

Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Ticketed Event
Cost $85.

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