Abraham Lincoln Scholar to Speak at SUU

Published: March 11, 2022 | Author: Kate Johnson | Read Time: 2 minutes

Portrait of Dr. Allen GuelzoSouthern Utah University is proud to announce Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, American historian and New York Times Best-Seller, as this year’s Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture, part of the Founders Celebration and SUU’s A.P.E.X. Events series. This lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall within SUU’s Hunter Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Guelzo’s lecture, titled “Ten True Lies About Abraham Lincoln”, will electrify audience members with the most popular myths about Abraham Lincoln and illuminate the truths within those myths to provide greater insight into the values of President Lincoln.

Dr. Guelzo has written nearly 20 books. Two of his publications won the Lincoln Prize and Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize in 2000 for Abraham Lincon: Redeem President (Wm. Eedrmans, 1999) and in 2005 for Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004).

He has been featured on NPR, Meet the Press and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Dr. Guelzo has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, First Things, National Review, the Christian Science Monitor, The Weekly Standard, the Washington Post, National Affairs, Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report and the Daily Beast.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Guelzo earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history and has earned honorary degrees from Lincoln College and Lincoln Memorial University. Currently, he is the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

"We're excited to welcome Dr. Guelzo to SUU for Founders Week and as the presenter of the Driggs Memorial Lecture,” said Ron Cardon, alumni relations director. “Howard R. Driggs was one of the first four faculty members at SUU and was a well-known and respected historian. This lecture is named in Dr. Driggs' honor and focuses on American history, including the lives and contributions of former U.S. presidents. Dr. Guelzo's expertise and research on Abraham Lincoln is a perfect addition to the lecture series and we are honored to have him here."

The annual Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture began in 2009 and has featured lectures on Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Ronald Reagan, and on topics such as World War One, Preserving History, and African American History.

The year’s lecture will stick to tradition and run during the Founders Week Celebration, March 21 through March 26. The Driggs Lecture is also a fundamental part of SUU’s A.P.E.X. Events, the University’s premier lecture series.

A complete listing of events surrounding SUU’s Founders Celebration is available on the Founders Week website.

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