Lincoln Scholar to Speak at Founders’ Day Convocation
Allen C. Guelzo
Feb. 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the
Emancipation Proclamation, two-time Lincoln prize-winning scholar Allen C. Guelzo
will deliver an address, “Was the Civil War a Second American Revolution?” for the
Illinois Wesleyan University Founders’ Day Convocation.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday,
Feb. 27, in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).
The Founder’s Day Convocation honors the 30 founders who signed the charter for the
University in 1850.
Guelzo is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Civil War period. He has
authored and contributed to over 25 books and articles on the topic, and has written
extensively on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
Currently the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and the director of Civil
War Era Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Guelzo is the first double
Lincoln Laureate in history. In 2000, he was awarded both the Lincoln Prize and the
Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for his intellectual biography of Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln: Redeemer President. Guelzo received both prizes again in 2005 for his book,
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America.
Originally interested in entering into the ministry, Guelzo received a bachelor of
science in biblical studies from the Philadelphia Biblical University and a master
of divinity degree from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia. He returned
to school to study history and earned a master of arts degree in 1979 and a doctorate
in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania. Guelzo also holds an honorary doctorate
in history from Lincoln College in Illinois.
Guelzo's essays, reviews and articles have appeared in publications ranging from the
American Historical Review and Wilson Quarterly to newspapers such as the Washington
Post and Wall Street Journal. He has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,”
Brian Lamb’s “Booknotes” and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
An accomplished scholar, Guelzo has received several teaching and writing awards,
including the American Library Association Choice Award, Albert C. Outler Prize in
Ecumenical Church History, and Dean's Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching at
the University of Pennsylvania.
His other critically acclaimed works include The Crisis of the American Republic:
A History of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era (1995), Abraham Lincoln as a Man
of Ideas (2009), Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (2009) and
Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (2009).
Guelzo’s most recent book, Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction
(2012), surveys the Civil War era and postwar Reconstruction period while also discussing
the modern-day legacy of the Civil War in American literature and popular culture.
For additional information on the event, contact Sherry Wallace, director for news
and media relations at (309) 556-3181.
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