Dr. Ed Crowther, ASC’s Chair of History, Government, and Philosophy, gave the latest Faculty Lectures, “Lincoln: Race and Slavery” on Wednesday, September 23rd. The presentation began at 7:00 p.m. in Porter Hall 130, and was followed up by a discussion driven by questions from the audience.
In his presentation, Dr. Crowther addressed the topic of racism in relation to one of America’s most beloved presidents, looking into the evidence of his legacy to determine the course in which Lincoln made his monumental achievements and analyzed who really contributed to the triumphs of civil rights and equality. Covering topics ranging the length of Lincoln’s life, Crowther discussed the position taken by Lincoln in his debates with Douglas, emancipation and the union’s choice towards the Civil War, and Lincoln’s politics and arguments throughout his lifetime.
The bi-centennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth took place in 2009, and with it came a renewed interest in Lincoln as both man and legend. This presentation has allowed Adams State Students an opportunity to review the actions and reasoning behind the 16th U.S. president to discover a president whose passion towards the nation led him to commit the entire nation to the abolition of slavery. Throughout the presentation evidence concerning Lincoln’s feelings towards slavery as well as his changing personal views of racism and equality during the difficult and brutal acts seen in the Civil War created in image of a strong individual and who influenced the nation consistently since his term in office.
This event offered the community and ASC a chance to get clarity on one of the U.S.’s most influential presidents. While geared to those who are interested in History, Government and politics, Crowther’s presence and simplification of material made the event enjoyable for all who attended.
The ASC Faculty lecture series continues throughout the fall semester and is scheduled every couple weeks. The next upcoming lecture will be given by S. Masood Ahmad, ASC’s Director of Student Engagement and Success, entitled, “Pakistan: From the Silk Road to the Taliban” on October 7 in Porter Hall 130 at 7 P.M. All Faculty Lectures are free and open to the public. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, assistant professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email at email@example.com.