Abraham Lincoln Lecture Series, Class One: The Lincoln Factor

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Thursday, Oct. 5 | 10:30 a.m. – noon
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Royall Room
Tuition: $25; Carolina Alumni members save $5

John Short ’71, G.W. Hill Alumni Center curator, presents a bronze Abraham Lincoln mask during the first class, Oct. 5. Read more in the Carolina Alumni Review.

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What is the Lincoln Factor in American history? Are Lincoln’s words and actions relevant today? What were Abraham Lincoln’s essential characteristics? Character is Destiny. Meet up with us and lecturer Joe Simpson ’73 for this class.

This course will examine: Abraham Lincoln’s early life and the forces that molded his character; slavery’s continued threat to perpetual union; Lincoln’s reentry into politics in 1854 and his remarkable rise to national prominence in 1860; President Lincoln’s moral certainty and political sagacity that guided his leadership and resolve to win a Civil War and to ensure freedom for all Americans. Race, freedom, uncivil and dangerous political discord, and civil rights confronted Lincoln, forced him to acknowledge his own racial prejudice, to grow morally, and to demand that America’s original “philosophical cause”, “Liberty to All” included African Americans.

This course is part of a series of 8 classes. While each of these 8 sessions can be enjoyed as a standalone class, content is designed to build chronologically through the series.

Lecturer: Joe Simpson '73

Joe Simpson ’73 leads our new Abraham Lincoln lecture series. Joe graduated with a BA in history. Joe studied Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era for more than 30 years. After retiring from a career in real estate development, he has passionately taught courses on Lincoln and the Abolition of American Slavery at N.C. State, Duke, Emory, UVA, American University and the University of Michigan, as part of their Osher Lifelong Learning Institute University Programs. Joe is a member of the Lincoln Forum and the Abraham Lincoln Association. He is married and lives in Raleigh.

Lecture Details

Carolina Alumni member discount only pertains to the member. If you are a member and your spouse/guest is not a member, your spouse/guest tuition must be at the standard rate. The GAA verifies membership prior to final processing.

Refunds for lectures: Tuition is fully refundable for any cancellation made three weeks prior to the lecture. Any cancellation after that time is subject to a 50 percent fee. No tuition is refunded if the cancellation is made within 24 hours of the lecture.

Changing lectures: We will be happy to accommodate lecture change requests made within five business days prior to the lecture.

Lecture dates may change due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, tuition will be refunded in full.

How to Add Classes to Existing Registration

Our registration form resets once a year to list fall and spring classes. To add classes to your initial registration (“modify your registration”), you can email Audrey or follow the instructions in your original confirmation email:

Be sure you have your confirmation number, you will need this to modify your registration.  It can be found on your confirmation email.

At the bottom of your confirmation email (just above the privacy notice information), click on the link that reads: Click here to view the event summary. 

This will take you to the Modify Registration page.

On the Modify Registration page, under the Lifelong Learning Series Program header, click the Modify button:

·         If you are adding events for you, click the registration link to the left of your name

·         If you are adding events for your guest, click the registration link to the left of the guest’s name

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