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Thursday, October 10 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
To Look For America: The Truth about Abraham Lincoln

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Democracy, tyranny, or both? In Lincoln: The Ambiguous Icon, Steven Johnston explores Lincoln’s complicated and surprisingly legitimized political practices—as a president who pursued racist policies yet hated slavery, who suppressed freedom of speech yet delivered inspiring speeches, who proclaimed U.S. exceptionalism yet indulged in the very worst when conducting political affairs—and suggests that the reason we routinely fall short of our democratic principles here in the U.S. is precisely because, just like Lincoln, we may not fully believe in them. Sponsored by SCHAR

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Steven Johnston

Steven Johnston is Neal A. Maxwell Presidential Chair in Political Theory, Public Policy, and Public Service in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. He is the author of Wonder and Cruelty: Ontological War in It’s a Wonderful Life (Lexington Press, Politics... Read More →