The Institute sponsors the R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial lecture series by leading scholars from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The lecture series honors the contributions of the late R. Gerald McMurtry to Lincoln scholarship. The Institute will continue pursuing his goal to raise public awareness of Abraham Lincoln and his contributions to the American experience.
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Speaker: Dr. Daniel Stowell, Historian, author, and former Director of the Papers
of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
in Springfield, Illinois
Topic: "The Ethically Constrained President: Abraham Licnoln, the Rule of Law and
the Empancipation Proclamation"
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Stowell lecture)
NOTE: The full program will deliver three hours of dual CLE credit and take place
from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the LMU Law Courtroom (601 W. Summit
Speaker: Dr. Brian Dirck, Lincoln Scholar from Anderson University
Topic: "The 'Frame' and the 'Apple:' Toward an Understanding of Lincon's
Ethical Relationship with the Law"
2017 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture - November 3, 2017
Speaker: Sam D. Elliott (JD)
Member of Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott and Cannon, PLLC
Topic: "You cannot get back without some irregularity": Lincoln and Johnson and
the Return of Civil Government to Tennessee
2016 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture - October 27, 2016
Dr. Daniel Farber
Sho Sato Professor of Law
University of California, Berkley
"Lincoln is best known for defending the Union against the threat of disintegration. My topic today, however, is not on how Lincoln Defended the existing constitutional order. Instead, I would like to talk about..."
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