Lecture: “Words Fitly Spoken: Lincoln and Ellison as Writers of Social Responsibility”


Location: 720 Corbett Hall (View on map.nd.edu)

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by Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department, Washington and Lee University.

This event is free and open to the public.

In the talk, Prof. Morel will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s and Ralph Ellison’s ethical leadership and how, through their speeches and stories, they challenged the American people to trust their political principles. The lecture will explore how Lincoln and Ellison promoted the civic health of the nation by diagnosing its public ills, and how these two great Americans offered direction for their country to better align its practice with its professions.

Presented by the Constitutional Studies Program, the University Merit Scholarship Programs, and the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program.

Lucas Morel is Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He teaches and writes on American government, political theory, Abraham Lincoln, and black American politics. A board member of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Dr. Morel is author of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man (Kentucky, 2004) and Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000). He is currently writing a book entitled “Lincoln and the American Founding.”

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Originally published at constudies.nd.edu.