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Wednesday, November 7, 10 am – 3 pm


Lincoln’s Understanding of the Constitution, 10 am.

Keynote address by Professor Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, History Department, University of Illinois at Springfield. 

James SimonMichael Burlingame is the author of Abraham Lincoln:  A Life, winner of the 2010 Lincoln Prize.  Before moving to Springfield, he taught history at Connecticut College from 1968-2001.  Norwalk Community College is proud to welcome Professor Burlingame back to Connecticut for our Opening Celebration for Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War.






Lincoln and the Constitution:  An Academic Panel Discussion, 1 pm.

Professor Burlingame will be joined by Professor James F. Simon and Professor Manisha Sinha for a discussion moderated by Dean J. Ronald Spencer of Trinity College.


James simonJames F. Simon is the Martin Professor of Law Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at New York Law School.  He is the author of eight books on American history, law, and politics, including Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers.





ManishaManisha Sinha is a Professor of History in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has served on the Advisory Council for the Lincoln Prize at Gettysburg College since 2004.  She is the author of The Slave’s Cause:  Abolition and the Origins of America’s Interracial Democracy.




Docent tours of Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War will be available throughout the day beginning at 8:30 am, except during the keynote address and panel discussion.  Bring a lunch or plan to eat in the NCC cafeteria.  All events are free and open to the public.