Stegner, Lincoln focus of historian talks at Linfield

Richard Etulain, photo by Brian LibbyNoted historian Richard W. Etulain, the 2012 Linfield College Ericksen lecturer, will present two upcoming talks at Linfield College.

Etulain, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, will present “With Malice Toward None” on Monday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 in T.J. Day Hall 219. His talk will focus on Lincoln’s vision for post-Civil War political reconciliation, based on Etulain’s forthcoming book on Lincoln and also drawing on a presentation for the Oregon Humanities “Conversation Project,” with which he is affiliated.

Etulain will also present the annual Ericksen lecture, “Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the American West,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Etulain, an award-winning author and public speaker, specializes in the history and culture of the American West, the modern U.S. and Abraham Lincoln. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books including “Conversations: Wallace Stegner on History and Literature.” Wallace Stegner, who died in 1993, was an American historian, author and environmentalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972.

Etulain has been involved in public humanities and historical programs for nearly four decades. Originally a high school instructor of social studies and English, he completed a doctorate and spent the next 35 years as a classroom instructor in history, English and American Studies at Northwest Nazarene College (now University), Idaho State University and the University of New Mexico. Etulain has served on state humanities boards in Idaho and New Mexico, and received New Mexico’s annual Outstanding Humanist Award. He has lectured in several countries including as a Fulbright lecturer in the Ukraine in 2004. Etulain holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

The lectures are sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund and are free and open to the public. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture. For more information, call 503-883-2210.


Photo by Brian Libby