Some topics in history just never seem to go away, and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln is a subject that always holds interest, not just for professional historians but for the public at large. Issues of race, citizenship, constitutional interpretation, and war are as relevant today as they were in Lincoln’s time.
Houstonians have an opportunity to explore these issues in depth in the coming weeks, as Lone Star College-CyFair hosts Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition that will be on display in the LSC-CyFair library from December 28, 2011, through February 17, 2012. The library is one of only eight in Texas and 200 in the nation that will host the exhibition, which explores topics like secession, civil liberties, and Lincoln’s role in expanding the definition of constitutional rights.
In addition, LSC-CyFair is hosting a number of related events that will provide further opportunities for students, faculty, and members of the community to examine Lincoln’s life and legacy. Some highlights include:
- December 30th: “Can the President Rest in Peace? The Long, Strange Career of Abraham Lincoln’s Body,” LSC-CyFair professor of history Alex Smith (lecture and discussion)
- January 18th: “Abraham Lincoln and the Road to the Emancipation Proclamation,” Rice University professor of history Caleb McDaniel (lecture and discussion)
- January 20th: “Why Lincoln Matters,” University of Texas-Austin professor of history Sanford Levinson (lecture and discussion)
- January 31: “Lincoln Tells a Joke,” children’s author Kathleen Krull (lecture and book signing)
- February 3rd: “Lincoln, First Imperial President?” Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals Edith Jones (lecture and discussion)
- February 7: “Lincoln’s Dilemma: Civil Liberties and Constitutional Crisis,” South Texas College of Law professor Charles W. Rhodes (lecture and discussion)
- February 13: “Mary Todd Lincoln, America’s Most Controversial First Lady,” LSC-CyFair professor of political science Heidi Jo Green (lecture and discussion)
- February 15: “Lincoln, Lincoln, I’ve Been Thinking,” LSC-CyFair professor of history Thomas Kelly (lecture and discussion)
For the full list of events (there are many more), go to:
This series is a great opportunity for the LSC community and all Houstonians to examine the legacy of America’s best loved and most debated president.