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Esteemed Lincoln author Harold Holzer, winner of the Lincoln Prize, to speak at IU Northwest on Dec. 5

Holzer to discuss the topic of his latest book, “Lincoln President Elect,” during the university’s 2008 convocation program

On Friday, Dec. 5, in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Indiana University Northwest will welcome to campus nationally acclaimed Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer, Ph.D., who will deliver a presentation inspired by his latest book, “Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-61.”

Holzer’s appearance at IU Northwest is part of the university’s 2008 Fall Convocation, and no history buff, fan of Lincoln or reader of terrific nonfiction will want to miss this presentation by one of America’s foremost Lincoln experts. Holzer will deliver an address in the Savannah Center Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holzer is the author, co-author or editor of 31 books on Lincoln and the Civil War, including “Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President.” That book earned Holzer the 2005 Lincoln Prize, which is the most coveted and prestigious award in the field of Lincoln scholarship.

“Lincoln President-Elect” reveals in colorful and critical detail the four months between Lincoln’s election as America’s 16th president in 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861. Holzer chronicles Lincoln’s courage and determination not to compromise with those who pushed for accommodation with the South as a means of extending the troubled peace of a divided nation, a choice that Holzer calls “the most important decision” of Lincoln’s impending presidency.

Upon its publication in October, “Lincoln President Elect” earned golden reviews from the community of Lincoln scholars. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the celebrated Lincoln tome “Team of Rivals,” called Holzer’s latest effort a “stunningly original work that casts completely new light on the most turbulent and critical presidential transition in American history.” And David Herbert Donald, author of “Lincoln,” called “Lincoln President-Elect” Holzer’s “best and most controversial book.”

Indiana was Abraham Lincoln’s home for much of his childhood and young adulthood, and IU Northwest is excited to bring one of America’s most renowned Lincoln scholars to Northwest Indiana to speak about the country’s most revered leader. Holzer frequently appears as an expert commentator on C-SPAN, PBS, the History Channel, and other television networks, and he is the co-chair of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. His scholarship on Lincoln has earned awards from the Illinois State Historical Society, the Civil War Round Tables of New York and Chicago, and the Lincoln Groups of New York and the District of Columbia.

Holzer lectures throughout the country, and his program “Lincoln Seen and Heard?” with actor Sam Waterston has been nationally broadcast and staged from such venues as the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the Library of Congress. He recently filmed a segment for the forthcoming PBS documentary “Looking for Lincoln,” and Holzer is serving as a regular on-air guest during the two-year C-SPAN observance of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Holzer has also served as guest curator for a number of Lincoln art exhibitions.

IU Northwest welcomes students, educators, historians and citizens to campus on Dec. 5 for this free convocation program featuring Lincoln author Harold Holzer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Indiana’s own Abraham Lincoln from one of the historians who knows him best!

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