Abraham Lincoln lecture at SMUYou are cordially invited to attend a lecture by Frank J. Williams.

Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief

Date: September 12, 2013, 6:00 pm
Location: SMU, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium

During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln refused to maintain a static perspective on the issues facing him and the nation. Instead, he regularly reassessed matters in order to accomplish what he believed was best for the country. As commander in chief during the Civil War, he faced almost insurmountable problems. But his willingness to reconsider and change is part of what made Lincoln controversial, admirable, and ultimately successful.

We welcome for this lecture Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Williams is widely known for his knowledge of Lincoln. A prolific author and speaker, he and his wife have created the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, one of the largest such collections in the country, dedicated to preserving materials related to Lincoln and his presidency and promoting a greater public awareness of his legacy.

Jointly sponsored by the Center for Presidential History, the Friends of the SMU Libraries, and the DeGolyer Library, in conjunction with the fall exhibit, “Hail to the Chief: Presidential History in Word and Image,” at the DeGolyer Library through October 4, 2013.

Update 9/5/2013: Due to an overwhelming response, we have reached the capacity of the McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall for Frank J. Williams lecture Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief and can no longer accept reservations for this event.”

Image: President-Elect Abraham Lincoln, by Alexander Gardner, February 24, 1861, DeGolyer Library, Ag2005.0004