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UC Berkley professor emeritus kicks off Lincoln exhibit opening

Linfield CollegePulitzer Prize-winning historian Leon Litwack will speak at the opening ceremony of the exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Litwack, professor of American history emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, who retired to emeritus status in 2007, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. His expertise is on slavery, the Reconstruction Era and the effects that it had on the 20th century. He won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize for his book “Been in the Storm So Long,” and has written several books on African American history. In addition to UC Berkeley, Litwack has also taught at the University of Wisconsin, The University of South Carolina and Colorado College. He received his bachelor’s and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

Linfield will host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” from April 2 through May 16. The exhibit, which is organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, is a traveling exhibition for libraries. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront major crises of the Civil War, including the secession of southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The American Library Association, the Linfield College Department of History and Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or email swhyte@linfield.edu.