speaking engagements & Film Screenings
I am available for school and library presentations or for private gatherings. Please contact me for additional information.
television interview with Carla Knorowski, Chicago tonight, WTTW Channel 11
April 2, 2015
This eleven-minute live broadcast highlights Gettysburg Replies, an innovative book in which 100 authors reply to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 272 words-the same number of words in the address. The segment included questions about Lincoln's message, how it was received, its context, and its relevance for the present.
selected Public presentations
Film screening at Evergreen Park Public Library, Evergreen Park, Illinois, May 10, 2018
Camp Tippecanoe Civil War Round Table, West Lafayette, Indiana, December 12, 2017
South Suburban Civil War Round Table, Frankfort, Illinois, March 23, 2017
Film screening at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, April 18, 2015
NEH Landmarks for School Teachers program, Springfield, Illinois, June 25 and July 16, 2014
Film screening at the Morgan County Historical Society Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Illinois, May 13, 2014
Visualizing the Past: Remembering Stephen A. Douglas in the Age of Ken Burns, Saint Xavier University, April 26, 2014
Sponsoring scholar for the traveling exhibit Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America, Oak Lawn Public Library, August 22, 2012
Sponsoring scholar for the traveling exhibit Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation, Frankfort Public Library, May 25, 2011
NEH Landmarks for School Teachers program, Springfield, Illinois, July 14, 2010
Lincoln bicentennial presentations at Woodbridge Public Library on January 25 and Evergreen Park High School on February 6, 2009
Fort Sheridan Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, October 2, 2005
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and Elgin School District U.46, Springfield, Illinois, May 11, 2005
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois, April 17, 2005
Stephen A. Douglas Association Annual Dinner, Chicago, Illinois, June 5, 2004
Acceptance speech for the Hay-Nicolay Scholars Prize at The Abraham Lincoln Institute Sixth Annual Symposium, Washington, D.C., March 22, 2003
Selected Film Screenings And Presentations at academic conferences
"Podcasting: History's Future in the Digital Age?" Organization of American Historians Conference, Sacramento, California, April 14, 2018.
"Podcasting Chicago's Sisters: Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy." Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, October 5, 2017.
“Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy.” Film screening at the American Historical Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 8, 2016.
“Teach and Learn Documentary Filmmaking: How Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Can Train You and Your Students to Make Historical Documentaries.” American Historical Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 8, 2016.
“Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy.” Film screening at the Organization of American Historians Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, April 16, 2015.
“Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy.” Film screening at the Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, September 25-26, 2014.
Did Voters Cause the Rise and Fall of the Jacksonian Parties? Illinois as a Case Study in Antebellum Politics," University College London Commonwealth Fund Conference, London, England, June 28, 2011.
"Stephen A. Douglas and the Evolution of a Border State Democracy, 1854-1860." Paper presented to the British-American Nineteenth Century Historians Conference, Cambridge, England, October 17, 2009.
"Stephen A. Douglas and the Northern Democratic Origins of the Kansas-Nebraska Act." Paper presented to the Mid-America Conference on History, Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 27, 2007.
“How Radical Were the Radicals? A New Look at the 1854 Republican Party Convention in Illinois.” Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, October 27, 2005.
"Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of a Northern Antislavery Nationalism." Paper presented at the Organization of American Historians Southern Regional Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, July 9, 2004.
"Was Stephen A. Douglas Antislavery?" Paper presented at the Second Biennial Stephen A. Douglas History Symposium, Decatur, Illinois, April 28, 2001.
"The Politics of Racist Unionism: Stephen A. Douglas and the Coming of the Civil War." Paper presented at the Social Science History Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 19, 1998.
"Ideological Ambiguities in the Whig Embrace of Capitalism and the Flowering of Antislavery Nationalism." Paper presented at the Organization of American Historians Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 3, 1998.