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Renowned Scholar and Biographer of Abraham Lincoln to Speak at Rockford College

Tuesday, January 17, 2012  
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For immediate release – 1/13/12
Contact: Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Michael Burlingame, Ph.D., recognized as one of the premier scholars and biographers of Abraham Lincoln will present his talk, "Lincoln: the Indispensable Man,” at Rockford College’s Fisher Memorial Chapel on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 4 p.m. Dr. Burlingame’s lecture is the first event of the College’s Spring 2012 Forum Series.

Dr. Burlingame is a premier scholar of Abraham Lincoln authoring several books while receiving numerous awards for his research. Referring to Dr. Burlingame’s Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Time Magazine Holiday Buying Guide 2008 asserts, "Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship, and students of the 16th president have been waiting for this book for years. For all his learning — Burlingame may know more about Lincoln and his era than anyone in the world..."

He is currently holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His presentation, "Lincoln the Indispensable Man” focuses on how Lincoln's leadership proved to be the key factor that allowed the North to win the Civil War. The 1860 presidential election and Lincoln’s victory proved to be a critical turning point for the country. Lincoln’s particular abilities defined the course of the Civil War and America’s history.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Fisher Memorial Chapel is accessible. For tickets contact the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100.

To see the complete Spring 2012 series line-up visit: To learn more about Dr. Burlingame visit:

Rockford College is also a sponsor of Midway Village and Museum’s 10th Annual Civil War Symposium taking place on Saturday, Jan. 21 at which Dr. Burlingame will be the featured speaker.

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