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UCL Diary Notice: Lecture with Professor Allen Guelzo

Publication date: Feb 18, 2009 5:08:24 PM

Event: “Lincoln, Cobden and Bright: The Braid of Liberalism in the Nineteenth-Century’s Transatlantic World”

Date: Thursday 19th February 2009, 6pm

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Main Building, UCL (University College London), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

To mark the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln the 2009 Commonwealth Fund Lecture will explore Lincoln in the context of nineteenth-century liberalism in Europe and America. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Allen C. Guelzo (Gettysburg College) who is distinguished as both a major Lincoln scholar and as an important historian of early American religious thought. His title is “Lincoln, Cobden and Bright: The Braid of Liberalism in the Nineteenth-Century’s Transatlantic World.”

Professor Guelzo’s lecture will be introduced by Rt. Hon the Baroness Williams of Crosby, former Cabinet minister and a distinguished commentator on American affairs, who will speak about Lincoln’s continuing significance in the 21st century.

The first Commonwealth Fund Lecture was held in 1930 and past lecturers have included many of the great names of modern US history including Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Richard Hofstadter, David Donald, Eugene Genovese and Eric Foner. The Commonwealth Fund lecture is now a biennial event. Professor Guelzo’s lecture is also the Harry Allen Memorial Lecture which is held annually by the Institute for the Study of the Americas in the University of London (ISA). Professor Harry Allen was formerly the Commonwealth Fund Professor of United States History at UCL and the founding director of the Institute for United States Studies, the fore-runner of ISA.

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Notes for Editors

The lecture will take place at 6pm on Thursday 19 February 2009 in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Main Building, UCL (University College London), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. If you wish to attend or request an interview, please contact Dave Weston in the UCL Media Relations Office (d.weston@ucl.ac.uk or +44 (0) 20 7679 7678)

About Professor Guelzo:

Professor Allen C. Guelzo (Gettysburg College), a two-time winner of the prestigious Lincoln prize for his biography of Lincoln entitled "Redeemer President" and for a book about the EMancipation Proclamation, will deliver a lecture entitled: “Lincoln, Cobden and Bright: The Braid of Liberalism in the Nineteenth-Century’s Transatlantic World”

About UCL:

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. UCL is the seventh-ranked university in the 2008 THES-QS World University Rankings, and the third-ranked UK university in the 2008 league table of the top 500 world universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. UCL alumni include Marie Stopes, Jonathan Dimbleby, Lord Woolf, Alexander Graham Bell, and members of the band Coldplay. UCL currently has over 12,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students. Its annual income is over £600 million.

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