Lewis to host lauded historian Douglas Brinkley

Lewis to host lauded historian Douglas Brinkley for Lincoln Bicentennial

Published: January 23, 2009.



The Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest will host award-winning author and historian Douglas Brinkley on the occasion of the Lincoln Bicentennial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel on the Romeoville campus. Brinkley’s topic is “Lincoln: From the State of Illinois to the Nation.”

This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Please visit http://www.lewisu.edu/historycenter/events.htm to register.

It is co-sponsored by Lewis University and Give Something Back Foundation in Lockport.

Brinkley, a presidential biographer and professor of history at Rice University, is the author of numerous books. Many of his works have been on the New York Times best-sellers list, including Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (William Morrow, 2004); Voices of Valor: D-Day: June 6, 1944 (Bulfinch, 2004), written with Ronald J. Drez; and The Reagan Diaries (HarperCollins, 2007), which Brinkley edited. His next volume, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt’s Crusade for America, will be published in April 2009 by HarperCollins.

Brinkley is the official historian for CBS news. He is also well known as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. In a recent profile, the Chicago Tribune deemed him “America’s new past master.”

The presentation at Lewis University is the kick-off to the dedication of Lockport’s Lincoln Landing. Brinkley and other dignitaries will gather at 1 p.m. at the Gaylord Building. The dedication is also open to the public. Free tickets can be reserved by contacting Katie Sluzas of the Give Something Back Foundation, 815.834.8400 or ksluzas@givesomethingbackfoundation.org.

A Catholic university sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis offers nearly 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, accelerated degree completion options for working adults, various aviation programs and 22 graduate programs in nine fields. The 10th largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois is being honored for the fifth consecutive year by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. For more information please visit www.lewisu.edu.



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