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Washington – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf have invoked Lincoln in support of their respective domestic agendas.  They are not alone.

Karl Marx judged Abraham Lincoln 'the single-minded son of the working class.’ Nineteenth century Cuban rebels invoked his name in support of their struggle for emancipation and self-government. Leo Tolstoy reported his fame in the Caucasus. Tomas Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, drew strength as 'the Lincoln of Central Europe.' Racially-mixed, republican 'Lincoln brigades' fought in the Spanish Civil War.

More than any other American figure, Lincoln became after his death a global figure who continues to speak to people across the world.

As part of the 2009 bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, a series of events at Oxford University and Westminster Abbey in Britain this July will explore the impact Abraham Lincoln has had on individuals and nations.


Global Lincoln Conference – Oxford University
July 3-5

Leading scholars from around the world will examine the meanings that individuals and groups have drawn from Lincoln.  They will also discuss the political exploitation of Lincoln’s image and legacy in the context in which they were invoked.  Themes the conference will examine include: Lincoln’s own intellectual horizons; the projection and use of Lincoln’s image in the international arena; case studies of Lincoln’s legacy in the British Isles, Africa, India, East Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

The conference, which will take place at St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University, is organized by Richard Carwardine, the Rhodes Professor of American History, and Jay Sexton, a tutorial fellow in American history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.  Co-sponsors of the conference include the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the Chicago History Museum, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Fetzer Institute, and the U.S. Embassy in London.

Participating scholars include:  Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge); Richard Blackett (Vanderbilt); David Blight (Yale); Carolyn Boyd (UC-Irvine); Patricia Clavin (Univ. of Oxford); Catherine Clinton (Queen’s University, Belfast); De-min Tao (Kansai University); Rosemary Foot (Oxford); Kevin Gaines (University of Michigan); Lawrence Goldman (Oxford); Allen Guelzo (Gettysburg College); Harold Holzer (ALBC Co-Chair); Kevin Kenny (Boston College); Vinay

Lal (UCLA); Russell Lewis (Chicago History Museum); Nicola Miller (University College London); Kenneth Morgan (Oxford); Marc Mulholland (Oxford); Jörg Nagler (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena); Peter Onuf (University of Virginia and Oxford); Norman Saul (University of Kansas); Tom Schwartz (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum); Adam Smith (University College London); Arne Westad (London School of Economics); Douglas Wilson (Knox College).

Conference papers will be available on the ALBC Web site after the event.

As part of its “Summer Seminars for Teachers,” the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is providing a select number of teachers the opportunity to attend the Global Lincoln Conference for professional development credits.  More information about the Summer Seminars for Teachers program, please visit www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminars.html.

The fee for the Conference – including room and board – is ₤210 (approximately US $340 at today’s exchange rate).  A ₤100 day rate is also available (approximately US $161).  For more information and to register online, visit http://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/lincoln/Home.html

Vere Harmsworth Library Special Exhibition – Oxford University

Drawing on the rich historical collections of the Bodleian Library and Vere Harmsworth Library at Oxford University, an accompanying exhibition at the Vere Harmsworth Library (within the Rothermere American Institute) will display publications illustrating how Lincoln was perceived abroad and influenced views of individuals as well as nations. The selection of materials will include examples from Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Japan and more.


Westminster Abbey
July 7, 2009

Westminster Abbey will host a special evening of Lincoln Bicentennial events on Tuesday, July 7. The evening begins at 5pm with Evensong in the Abbey followed by a lecture in St Margaret's Church by Richard Carwardine, titled “Abraham Lincoln and the Mission of America.” The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and debate, chaired by Lord Douglas Hurd, Britain’s former Northern Ireland Secretary, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

For more information and reserve tickets, please visit: www.westminster-abbey.org/whats-on/events/2009/a-special-evening-to-mark-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-abraham-lincoln