Abraham Lincoln Institute Announces 2021 Virtual Symposium Speakers

By David J. Kent

Washington D.C.

Friday, February 19, 2021



The Abraham Lincoln Institute (ALI) has announced the speakers for their 24th Annual Symposium.


In pre-COVID times the symposium was held at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., but as with last year, the 2021 Symposium will be held virtually. Two speakers will present on alternating Monday afternoons beginning on March 22, 2021 and running until May 3, 2021. Start time is 4 pm ET each day.



March 22

David Reynolds: "Lincoln and Popular Culture"

H.W. Brands: "The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown and Abraham Lincoln"


April 5

Ted Widmer: "Lincoln on the Verge"

Richard Blackett: "The Issue of Fugitive Slaves and the Coming of the Civil War"


April 19

Lucas Morel: "Lincoln, the Founding, and the Challenge of Self-Government"

Mark Steiner: "Abraham Lincoln, Colonization, and Black Citizenship"


May 3

Thavolia Glymph: "Writing Women into the Civil War"

C.R. Gibbs: "The Underground Railroad in Washington, DC"


This is a stellar lineup of historians speaking on a broad array of Lincoln and Civil War topics. David Reynold's book, Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times, recently won the Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Each of the other speakers has won awards and professional recognition for their writings and achievements.


All virtual symposium programs are free to everyone. Watch via the Ford's Theatre website or Facebook pages.


More information will be available on the ALI website: lincoln-institute.org. Videos of the 2020 Virtual Symposium can be viewed here.