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Edinboro University to host ‘Lincoln and the Civil War’ lecture series


The Edinboro University Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Department of Communication and Media Studies, will present the lecture series “Lincoln and the Civil War” beginning Tuesday, April 22, and continuing through Thursday, April 24.

All events will be held in Compton Hall, Room 107A on the Edinboro main campus, and are free and open to the public. The planned lectures are as follows:

  • “The Abolitionists” Film and Discussion – April 22 at 7 p.m.

Through innovative use of re-enactments, “The Abolitionists” vividly brings to life the struggles of five men and women who led the battle to end slavery: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown and Angelina Grimke.

Discussion will be led by Professor Umeme Sababu of the EU Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages.

  • “The Iconic Lincoln” – April 23 at 6 p.m.

Was Lincoln the “Great Emancipator,” or was he forced into glory by the political, social and economic climate of which the abolitionist was an important part? Did enslaved African Americans simply wait for some miraculous decree, or were they using their own tactics to strike out for freedom during the war years?

Presentation will be by Professor Umeme Sababu with response by Dr. Ihor Bemko, both of the EU Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages.

  • “A Photographic Examination: Pennsylvania in the Civil War” – April 24 at 6 p.m.

The late 1850s and early 1860s saw a small army of photographers introduce their innovative product to Pennsylvania’s cities and towns, in the process capturing portraits of citizens and soldiers who would become the faces of the Civil War. Rare images from private and public archive collections bring the era – and Pennsylvania’s contribution to the war – to life.

Presentation will be by Michael G. Kraus, an EU alumnus who is curator of Collections at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial and Museum in Pittsburgh and co-author of “The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History.”

For more Information, contact Dr. Jerra Jenrette, chairperson, Department of History, Anthropology and World Languages at Edinboro University at (814) 732-2575 or