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University of Houston: Lincoln on the Verge

March 3

On March 3, 2022, the University of Houston’s Tocqueville Forum on American Ideas and Institutions hosted Edward Widmer to give a talk on his new book, Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington:

Dr. Widmer’s great book on Lincoln’s odyssey from Springfield to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration was released last year and has been met with superlative reviews. His work will bring to mind striking and distressing parallels between then and now in terms of divisions and the resort to violent means to disrupt elections that our nation witnessed. Dr. Widmer’s visit will entail a public lecture and a smaller seminar event with honors students and faculty.

Thursday, March 3, 2022
University of Houston

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Edward Widmer is a Professor of History at Macaulay Honors College. He is a historian, writer, librarian, and musician who served as a speechwriter in the Clinton White House. He is developing a new Humanities Lab at Macaulay. His latest book is Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington. He was the first director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience from 2001 to 2006 and an associate professor of history at Washington College from 2001. While there he created the George Washington Book Prize, an annual award given to the best book on the founding fathers.

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The Tocqueville Forum in American Ideas and Institutions at the University of Houston began in 2015. Its purpose is to promote knowledge about American democracy and to provide a forum for discussing the challenges facing democratic constitutionalism today.

Accordingly, the Tocqueville Forum fosters dialogue about the foundations of liberal democracy and the relationship between mores and liberal democratic institutions, especially in the American context. The Forum provides opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on the study of American ideas and institutions with respect to the American founding, political change, representation, rights, liberty, and constitutionalism broadly. The Forum hosts visiting speakers, organizes conferences, and sponsors student research projects.

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