Historian Richard Carwardine, president of Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford, U.K., and author of an award-winning book on Abraham Lincoln, will deliver the Andrew Gerow Hodges Lectures Feb. 18-19. The lectures, sponsored by Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, are open to the public free.
Dr. Carwardine's book, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, won the 2004 Lincoln Prize given for the best non-fiction work on the Civil War. Administered by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, the prize provides a $50,000 award to the recipient.
Carwardine will participate in a panel discussion on the topic "'God's Institution' or Gross Injustice? Slavery and Religion before the Civil War" Monday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in Bolding Studio. Joining the panel will be Samford religion professor Joe Scrivner and history professors John Mayfield and Jason Wallace.
Carwardine will speak on "Abraham Lincoln and the Challenge of Emancipation" Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel.
A former history student at Corpus Christi College, Carwardine was elected president in 2010. Corpus Christi is the 12th oldest of Oxford's component colleges, dating to 1517. It specializes in the study of classics.
Carwardine served previously as Rhodes Professor of American History at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and as professor of American history at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. He is the author of four books and numerous articles in scholarly journals,