Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

November 18, 2013

A UChicago commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg Address will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Social Science Research Building, Room 122.

The address is President Abraham Lincoln’s compact but richly poetic dedication of a Union cemetery in November 1863, delivered in the wake of the Civil War’s pivotal Battle of Gettysburg. The clash of Union and Confederate armies killed or wounded more than 50,000 soldiers.

“It was a major step in finding meaning in that tragic event, finding inspiration and purpose,” said John Mark Hansen, the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and the College and an expert on U.S. politics.  Hansen, who organized the event, invited participants from a broad range of disciplines, including history, law, poetry, religious studies, literature and political philosophy, to reflect on what he calls “America’s national poem.”

Participants will include Jane Dailey, associate professor in History and the College; Franklin I. Gamwell, the Shailer Matthews Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics, the Philosophy of Religions, and Theology in the Divinity School; Dennis J. Hutchinson, senior lecturer in the Law School and the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College; Ralph Lerner, the Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus in the College and the Committee on Social Thought; Eric Slauter, associate professor in English Languages and Literature and the College; and Rosanna Warren, the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College.

Professor Gamwell, who studies ethical and political theory in relation to Christian theology and to the philosophy of religions, can be heard discussing "Lincoln and Religion" on "Abraham Lincoln Reconsidered," a coproduction of 98.7WFMT and the Chicago History Museum. 

Please visit to RSVP for the event.