Historian Louise Stevenson '70 to discuss Abraham Lincoln’s impact on European thinkers in the lecture, “Lincoln’s Beard: A Transnational Political (Fashion) Statement," March 3, 2016

Historian and Vassar College alumna Louise L. Stevenson will examine the impact of Abraham Lincoln’s ideas, and his assassination, on thinkers in Europe, in the lecture, "Lincoln's Beard: A Transnational Political (Fashion) Statement.” This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, March 3, 5:30pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203.


Stevenson is professor of history and American studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.  She has published on an array of topics in nineteenth-century cultural and intellectual life, and she especially seeks to place U.S. culture in a transatlantic context. Her publications include Scholarly Means to Evangelical Ends: The New Haven Scholars and the Transformation of Higher Learning in America, 1830-1890 and The Victorian Homefront: American Cultural and Intellectual Life, 1860-1880. Her most recent book, Lincoln in the Atlantic World, will inform her lecture.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History’s C. Mildred Thompson Lecture Fund.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 23, 2016