An appreciative mix of students, community members, faculty and staff engaged with visiting speaker Dr. Richard Carwardine throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 25, culminating in a standing-room-only audience for his keynote presentation.

President of Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and an internationally expert on Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Carwardine was on campus as the first speaker in the college’s new Presidential Colloquium.  Developed in conjunction with the inaugural year of President John C. Knapp, the colloquium is a semi-annual lecture series that brings prominent, internationally known thinkers to Hope so share their insights on the academy, leadership and global civic engagement through lectures, panelist responses drawn from the Hope community and other engagements with the campus.

Dr. Carwardine’s active participation in the life of the college during his visit ranged from an informal talk on Corpus Christi’s role in the development of the King James Bible, to a luncheon with Hope students, to an informal discussion on the Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln’s impact globally, to his formal lecture in Winants, “Abraham Lincoln and the Lessons of Leadership.”