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The State of Lincoln Studies




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 The State of Lincoln Studies

Scholar to Reflect on Current State and a Digital Future in Free Public Lecture

Washington – The field of Lincoln studies has entered a “third stage,” according to Matthew Pinsker, author of the acclaimed Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home.  On Monday, April 19, Professor Pinsker will share his thoughts on this new digital age of Lincoln scholarship in public remarks, at 12 noon in the Patio at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington.

The public is invited to attend.  The event, which is part of the final meeting of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, is free.

Pinsker, who is Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., recently wrote that this new, digital era of Lincoln studies will be “shaped by the culmination of a series of innovative digital projects that will make the vast majority of Lincoln-related evidence accessible at the desktop level for eager scholars anywhere on the globe.”

In a recent essay that appeared in the Lincoln Bicentennial edition of the Journal of American History, Pinsker noted that while much is known about Lincoln the man and the president, Lincoln the politician and lawyer remains elusive.

“This astonishing state of affairs, coming as it does on his bicentennial and about four score years into the professional era of Lincoln studies, reflects a great deal about the need for new directions in political biography,” Pinsker writes.  “The most obvious path ahead is digital.”

Pinsker will expand in on assessment of the current state of Lincoln studies and its future, digital path during his remarks.

Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan the nation’s celebration of the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009.  The Commission has provided education programs, public forums and art programs in communities across the nation to highlight and re-examine Lincoln’s legacy in our 21st Century democracy. Its members, who were appointed by the President and Congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians, and other Lincoln experts. 




Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission




Lecture on the future of Lincoln Studies




April 19, 2010

12:00 p.m.




The Patio

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave SW

Washington, DC