R. Gerald McMurtry Lectures


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.

Click here to read about Dr. McMurtry's History at Lincoln Memorial University (1937-1956)

Upcoming Lecture


2019 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture - November 8, 2019

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
            Hill Drive).

Previous Lectures


2018 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture - October 26, 2018

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..."

If you wish to read more please click the link below:

Lincoln & the Transformation of American Constitutional Law