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Updated: Sep 15, 2021

By David J. Kent

Washington D.C.

Monday, September 13, 2021


Note that because of the increased number of COVID cases, Ron White will not be making the cross-country trip to attend the previously scheduled luncheon in October. Instead, Ron will give a virtual lecture on Tuesday, October 19th, beginning at 6 pm ET.

To reiterate - Ron White's presentation that was to be part of a luncheon on the previous Saturday is now a Virtual Event and had been moved to our regular monthly time slot of Tuesday, October 19th at 6 pm. Please note the change in your calendars.

We had hoped that October could be our first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic, but COVID continues to spread across the United States. This is primarily because too many people have not been vaccinated. If you haven't been vaccinated, please do so. It's the only way we can get back to normal life.

Luckily, Ron White has agreed to give his presentation virtually. He will speak about his new book Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President (Random House, May 2021). As most of us know, Lincoln had a habit of writing reflections and ruminations on little slips of paper. For this book, White focuses on twelve of Lincoln’s most important private notes to show the Sixteenth President’s brilliance and empathy as well as his human anxieties and ambitions. Included are Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery and democracy, on personal defeats and achievements.

White knows Lincoln well. He has written a biography on Lincoln (A. Lincoln: A Biography) as well as works on his second inaugural address (Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural) and his eloquence (The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words). He has lectured on Lincoln internationally and at the White House. His essays and reviews appear frequently in numerous publications. A graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned his Ph.D. from Princeton and has taught at both institutions. He is a reader at Huntington Library in San Marino, CA and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum here in Washington.

So please make note of the change in date and time. The new time is Tuesday, October 19th, beginning at 6 pm.


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