Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposiums

“The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”

Twenty-Fourth Annual Symposium

Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. (ALI), provides free, ongoing education on the life, career, and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ALI offers resources for educators, governmental and community leaders, and the general public through symposia, seminars, lectures, and special events.

A Virtual Live Series
Mar 22 – May 3

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. and the Ford’s Theatre Society

The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free online symposium series focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, Mondays, March 22, April 5, April 19 and May 3 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Events are simulcast to audiences through Ford’s Theatre digital platforms including Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitter and the Ford’s Theatre website.

Dr. Michelle A Krowl, Civil War and Reconstruction Specialist for the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Division and former Abraham Lincoln Institute president will introduce each speaker’s presentation. Noted authors and historians will discuss aspects of our 16th president’s popular memory and legacy, his interactions with abolitionists and his evolving vision for Emancipation. Historian Jonathan W. White will facilitate the viewer Q&A, which concludes each 50-minute program.

Monday March 22, 2021
David S. Reynolds

Lincoln and Popular Culture

H. W. Brands

The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown and Abraham Lincoln

Monday April 5, 2021
Ted Widmer

Lincoln on the Verge

R.J.M. Blackett

The Issue of Fugitive Slaves and the Coming of the Civil War

Monday April 19, 2021

4:00 p.m. EDT

Lucas E. Morel

Lincoln, the Founding, and the Challenge of Self-Government

Mark E. Steiner

Abraham Lincoln, Colonization, and Black Citizenship

Monday May 3, 2021

4:00 p.m. EDT

Tamika Nunley

Topic to be determined

Carol Robert (CR) Gibbs

The Underground Railroad in Washington, D.C.