MISSOULA – Esteemed political science Professor Diana Schaub will present a lecture titled “Lincoln at Gettysburg: Statesmanship in Speech” on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the University of Montana. The event will be at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room and is free and open to the public.
Schaub’s lecture is being held in conjunction with “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition organized by the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center. UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will host the exhibition until Friday, March 6, on the main floor. It examines how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War – the secession of southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.
Schaub is a political science professor at Loyola University in Maryland. She has contributed to the New Atlantis, served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society. From 1994 to 1995, she was a postdoctoral Fellow of the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University. More recently, she has written on Lincoln’s legacy.
Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. The UM exhibition encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. Visitors develop a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.
This traveling exhibition is brought to UM by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities garnered by the Mansfield Library in collaboration with the UM’s Rob Saldin, director of the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, and UM’s Tobin Miller Shearer, director of the African-American Studies Program.