UA celebrates Lincoln

“By Jeff Wheeler jwheeler@buchtelite.com Professor Richard L. Aynes is the coordinator of the event, but it is co-sponsored by the University Office of Accessibility, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, the Bliss institution and the School of Law and its Constitutional Law Center.”

By Jeff Wheeler

jwheeler@buchtelite.com

Professor Richard L. Aynes is the coordinator of the event, but it is co-sponsored by the University Office of Accessibility, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, the Bliss institution and the School of Law and its Constitutional Law Center. The celebration will have a several speakers talking about a variety of topics dealing with Lincoln’s presidency and the lessons we can all learn from him.

The speakers include Dr. Lesley J. Gordon from the History department. Dr. Gordon will be talking about the beginning of the Civil War and how Lincoln handled the crisis at Ft. Sumter, and in turn what this event showed about him as a leader. Professor Wilson R. Huhn from the School of Law will be giving an analysis of Lincoln’s open letter to Horace Greeley and his influence on Constitutional Law. Brennan Chair Jeffrey M. Samuels of the School of law will be talking about Lincoln as an inventor, explaining how he was the only president with a patent.

Dr. David Cohen of the Political Science department will be giving a speech regarding the Team of Rivals concept of Lincoln’s administration and how it coincides with the historic election of President Obama, mainly if President Obama’s staff and presidential cabinet reflects this concept.

When asked about why this celebration is occuring Professor Aynes gave a simple answer saying, There are a series of programs that have been going on across the nation and we thought that the University of Akron should have a program as well.

Professor Aynes also mentioned how there will be Lincoln birthday cake for everyone during this event, which would only be fitting seeing as this event is held on Lincoln’s 200th birthday, also Aynes said there will even be a faculty member in costume as Lincoln.

Professor Aynes was very enthusiastic about this special event and encouraged students, faculty and staff of the University of Akron to attend.

We hope that this will be a time to just learn more about and think about Lincoln’s life and what lessons it may hold for us today. Of course, we also think this will just be fun, Aynes said.

Whether you stop by for the whole event or just a few minutes between classes, it is still strongly encouraged for anyone and everyone to stop by the Student Union Theater this Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and learn a little more about one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history. Lincoln’s actions and decisions can give insight into America’s modern problems.

The sessions will be informative and interesting, with a Lincoln impersonator and birthday cake in honor of the 16th President of the United States.

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