Acclaimed Author to Discuss Lincoln Biography
May 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Author Michael Burlingame will visit the Illinois Wesleyan University
campus to discuss his two-volume set, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
He will also participate in a symposium on Lincoln at 3 p.m. the same day in the Hansen
Student Center. Both of the events are free and open to the public.
Burlingame will talk about the process of researching and writing his highly acclaimed
biography of Abraham Lincoln. He taught at Connecticut College in New London, Conn.,
until his retirement in 2001, and is currently the May Buckley Sadowski Professor
of History Emeritus. He is an author of numerous books and articles about Lincoln,
and was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2009.
Burlingame's appearance is sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University, The David Davis
Mansion Foundation, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County.
One member of this commission, which is coordinating Burlingame's appearance in Bloomington,
is Illinois Wesleyan's R. Forrest Colwell Professor of English Robert C. Bray, a published
Lincoln scholar currently working on a book of his own. Bray also co-authored the
play Lincoln's In Town, which was sponsored by the Bicentennial Commission as part of its goal of celebrating
the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.
Contact: Garrett Rapp, (309) 556-3181