Lincoln conference brings major scholars to Linfield

Jonathan Williams/News editor

Nicholson Library hosted “The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln” conference May 8-10.

Scholars from major universities including Harvard, John Hopkins and Notre Dame University presented different lectures that focused on Lincoln as a person, and who he was as a president. Local scholars who came from the University of Portland, Willamette University, Reed and Linfield College also presented lectures at the conference.

Linfield’s own Assistant Professor of English Daniel Pollack-Pelzner discussed “Lincoln, Sumner, and Shakespeare” with professor of English and American Studies John Stauffer of Harvard University, who presented the lecture. Pollack-Pelzner focused on Lincoln’s incorporation of literature in his political life, and his use of quotes from Shakespeare’s work while he was president.

Nicholson Library, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Frederick Douglas Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice sponsored the conference.

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