The new Presidential Colloquium lecture series at Hope College will debut with the address “Abraham Lincoln and the Lessons of Leadership” by Dr. Richard Carwardine, who is an internationally recognized expert on Lincoln at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. A Hope faculty panel discussion will follow, along with a book signing. Copies of Carwardine's biography Lincoln: "A Life of Purpose and Power" will be available for purchase.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The Presidential Colloquium is a semi-annual lecture series that brings internationally known thinkers to the college to share their insights on the academy, leadership and global civic engagement. The series has been established in conjunction with the inaugural year of President John C. Knapp, who became the college’s 12th president on July 1.
Carwardine is president of Corpus Christi College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. His research focuses on American politics and religion in the 19th century. He has given papers and lectured widely on both sides of the Atlantic to academic and general audiences, and he gave the Birkbeck Lectures in religious history at Trinity College, Cambridge in 2004.
His analytical biography of Abraham Lincoln won the Lincoln Prize in 2004 and was subsequently published in the United States as “Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power” (Knopf, 2006). In July 2009, as an adviser to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, he convened—with his Corpus colleague Dr. Jay Sexton—an international conference in Oxford to examine Abraham Lincoln’s global legacy, the proceedings of which appeared as “The Global Lincoln” (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Carwardine’s publications also include “Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America 1790-1865” (Greenwood Press, 1978) and “Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America” (Yale University Press, 1993). He is currently working on a study of religion in American national construction between the Revolution and the Civil War.
Carwardine has been president of Corpus Christi College Oxford since 2010. His election marked his return to his undergraduate college, where he read modern history from 1965 to 1968.
As the Ochs-Oakes Senior Scholar in American History at Queen’s College (1968-71), he worked on a doctoral study of American and British 19th-century religious revivalism. He spent one of his graduate years at the University of California, Berkeley, during an era of campus convulsions (1969-70).
Appointed to a Lectureship in American History at the University of Sheffield in 1971, he became Professor of American History in 1994, and served a term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1999-2001). He has held research awards from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, and has taken visiting positions at Syracuse University (1974-75) and--as a Fulbright/American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellow--at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989).
In 2002 he was elected Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006.
Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.