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Lyceum Lectures: “A Conversation about Lincoln’s Second Inaugural with Dr. Diana Schaub”


On March 9, 2021, the Lyceum Lectures Series, a JMC partner program, will host JMC faculty partner Diana Schaub for a lecture on Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Ahead of the discussion, it is recommended that attendees read the address, which may be found here.

If The Gettysburg Address is Lincoln’s war speech, then the Second Inaugural is his peace speech. In the Second Inaugural, with the end of the war almost in view, Lincoln turns to the achievement of “a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves.” He does not endorse the path of forgetting, simply setting aside differences and burying the hatchet. But neither does he recommend a punitive apportioning of blame. Just as he fought the war with resolution rather than fervor, he wages the peace with charity rather than pride. 

There will be a Q&A during this event. Though audience members will have the chance to submit questions during the event, we encourage you to email your questions to us by March 8. Please submit questions to:

This event is part of the Lyceum Lectures hosted by the CISC. It has been made possible with generous support from the Jack Miller Center.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 5:30 PM EST
A virtual event through Zoom

Free and open to the public

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Diana Schaub lecturingDiana Schaub is a Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a New Atlantis contributing editor, and a member of the Hoover Institution’s Jill and Boyd Smith Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society. From 2004 to 2009, she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Dr. Schaub is the author of His Greatest Speeches: How Lincoln Moved the Nation (forthcoming), Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, and co-editor (with Amy and Leon Kass) of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song. Her work has appeared in the New Atlantis, National Affairs, The New Criterion, The Public Interest, The American Enterprise, the Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, First Things, The American Interest, and City Journal. Dr. Schaub earned an A.B. from Kenyon College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Professor Schaub is a JMC faculty partner.

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Open to incoming freshmen, the Lyceum Program, a JMC partner program, is the first college program in the United States to use a Great Books approach to studying liberty, capitalism, the American Founding, and moral character. All Lyceum Scholars are assigned faculty “Socratic Tutors” who guide their intellectual development for their entire four-year education. The Program draws inspiration from the Lyceum School founded by Aristotle in ancient Greece. Lyceum Scholars study the moral principles of a free society, the political ideals of the American Founding and the economic foundations of capitalism.

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