What If Lincoln Had Lived?
Professor of the Civil War Era, Gettysburg College
Friday, April 17, 2015—12:00 p.m.
AWC Family Foundation Lecture
The round, lead .41-calibre bullet that John Wilkes Booth fired into the head of Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14, 1865, was the most lethal gunshot in American history. The result was that a costly but successful war was followed by a botched and even more costly reconstruction. Would it have been different if Booth’s bullet had missed? Of course, not even Abraham Lincoln might have been able to bulldoze his way to a triumphant “mission accomplished,” but it is hard to imagine how we could have done worse. One hundred and fifty years later, we are still struggling to do better.
The War on Indiana and What It Portends for Religious Liberty
Senior Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice
Tuesday, April 21, 2015—12:00 p.m.
The battle over Indiana’s religious freedom law has ended, but the larger war rages on. Mr. French will address the history of the conflict, discuss how the Left consistently overestimates its cultural power, and describe the next steps in the long-running confrontation between the sexual revolution and religious orthodoxy.
Great Books for Busy People: What the Best Books Teach Us Every Day
Tracy Lee Simmons
Author, Climbing Parnassus
Thursday, April 23, 2015—6:30 p.m. Registration, 7:00 p.m. Lecture and Q&A
We’re all busy nowadays. Finding time to read can seem like more effort than it’s worth. But what if the books themselves were worthy of our time? What if there were texts that could engage our minds and hearts, teach us about ourselves and our fellow man, and ultimately change us for the better? Join Tracy Lee Simmons to discuss the power of the great books in the canon of Western literature to do just that.