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Presidents Day Kenan lecture will focus on Lincoln

Smith“Our Lincoln” will be the topic when presidential historian Richard Norton Smith delivers the Kenan lecture on Presidents Day, Monday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. The event is part of Transylvania’s celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.

Smith is a scholar in residence at George Mason University, where he teaches on the American presidency. He also is the ABC News presidential historian and a political analyst for PBS.

A prolific writer, Smith was a finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for his book, Thomas E. Dewey and His Times. His 1997 book, The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick, received the Goldsmith Prize from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School and was described by Hilton Kramer as “the best book ever written about the press.” Smith currently is working on a biography of Nelson A. Rockefeller.

Smith served as director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Center, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, and the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Library. He organized the Eisenhower Centennial on behalf of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Smith was director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, where he supervised construction of the organization’s $11.3 million headquarters and launched a presidential lecture series. In 2003, he was named founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Smith is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in government.

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