Abraham Lincoln Lecture Series

A Generosity of Spirit, A Generosity of Mind: Abraham Lincoln, Abolition President

This course will be led by Joe Simpson ’73 and 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.

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

Stay tuned for fall 2024 dates.

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.

Point of Contact

Audrey Liles '13
Coordinator of Alumni Enrichment
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Audrey joined the Carolina Alumni staff in April 2022. She is thrilled to be back at Carolina and is excited to connect with alumni through travel and education. Audrey enjoys spending time outside, traveling and curling up with a good book.