Spring 2016 Seminar: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates


Undergraduate students are invited to join in a weekly discussion of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the Illinois contest for U.S. Senate in 1858 led by Professor Peter Field (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and Dr. Matthew Franck (The Witherspoon Institute). The seminar will meet on Thursday afternoons a half dozen or more times this spring at the Institute’s Whelan Hall (16 Stockton Street).  Students will receive a free copy of the text, light lunch, mutual edification, and free registration at “Lincoln  and American Statesmanship,” a conference hosted by the James Madison Program in May.  Likely dates for the seminar include some portion (TBD) of: February 18, 25; March 3, 24, 31; April 14, 21.

Professor Field teaches American history at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and is the Garwood Visiting Professor in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.  Professor Franck is the director of the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute.  The seminar will be limited to 10 students.  If you’re interested, contact Prof. Franck at mfranck@winst.org.