Honors College Celebrates 30 Years with Lecture from Alum

alum authorThe University of Central Arkansas Honors College presents author Brian Dirck on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Farris Honors Hall Presentation Room in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the Honors College.

Dirck is a 1998 Honors College graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. He will be presenting a lecture entitled, “Abraham Lincoln: The White Man’s President” based on his extensive research and books published about Abraham Lincoln.

His scholarship has focused on the American Civil War era, in particular the life and career of Abraham Lincoln. His first book, Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865 offered a comparative analysis of the two Civil War presidents. He has since published Lincoln the Lawyer, a study of Lincoln’s legal career which received the Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable as the best book on Abraham Lincoln published in 2007, and he has edited Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race.

In 2012 he released two books, Lincoln and the Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln and White America.

Dirck is now a professor of history at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. He graduated with bachelor’s in history from UCA with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. He received a master’s in history at Rice University and a Doctor of Philosophy in history at the University of KansasHe has also written numerous articles, and spoken at Harvard University, the National Archives in Washington DC, the Lincoln Forum in Springfield, Illinois, and Gettysburg’s Civil War Institute.