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Dec. 5 Lincoln presentation by scholar Harold Holzer at IU Northwest moved from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Author of new book ‘Lincoln President-Elect’ to discuss the 16th president’s pivotal transition to power

The starting time for the Dec. 5 presentation at Indiana University Northwest by acclaimed Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer, Ph.D., has been moved from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to university officials. The time change was necessary in order to facilitate additional meetings between Holzer and IU Northwest faculty and students during the afternoon. Holzer’s presentation remains free and open to the public, and all who can are encouraged to attend. IU Northwest apologizes for any inconvenience this time change may cause to members of the Northwest Indiana community who had planned to attend the evening presentation.

Holzer will appear at IU Northwest as part of a special Fall 2008 Convocation program held in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. He will deliver a presentation inspired by his latest book, “Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-61.” 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 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.

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. Holzer is serving as a regular on-air guest during the two-year C-SPAN observance of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

For more information on Harold Holzer, visit the Web at For more information on Friday’s convocation program, contact Assistant Professor of History Christopher Young, Ph.D., at (219) 980-6661, or the IU Northwest Office of Academic Affairs at (219) 980-6707.



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