Cottage Conversation: Your Friend Forever


On November 10, 2016, join us as author Charles Strozier and consulting public historian Susan Ferentinos discuss Strozier’s book, Your Friend Forever,  A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. 

Joshua Speed was arguably Lincoln’s closest confidant. Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln is an analysis of a relationship that was both a model of male friendship and a specific dynamic between two brilliant but fascinatingly flawed men who played off each other’s strengths and weaknesses to launch themselves in love and life. Their friendship resolves important questions about Lincoln’s early years and adds significant psychological depth to his later decisions as husband, war leader, and president.

Strozier and Ferentinos will discuss Lincoln’s lifelong friendship with Speed, and deeper examine how male intimacy has been treated in our country during the Civil War, and over time.


Mr. Strozier  has a Harvard B.A. (magna cum laude), an M.A. and a PhD from the University of Chicago, and has training as a research candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and clinical psychoanalytic training at TRISP in New York City.  He is a Professor of History, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York; training and supervising analyst at the TRISP foundation; and a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City.  He has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize (2001 and 2011) and was made an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2006.  He is the author or editor of 13 books, including in May, 2016, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed.  His earlier study, Lincoln’s Quest for Union (1982), is a psychological portrait of Lincoln’s childhood and youth, his marriage, and aspects of his style of leadership and remarkable character.

susan-ferentinosMs. Ferentinos is a consulting public historian. She holds a PhD in United States history from Indiana University with an emphasis on the history of women, gender, and sexuality, and has collaborated with the National Park Service on over a hundred cultural resource and interpretive projects, including writing a book on interpreting LGBT history.





When: Thursday, November 10, 2016

Reception: 6:00 pm, Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
Lecture: 6:30 pm, President Lincoln’s Cottage
Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at [email protected] or call (202) 688-3735.

Cottage Conversations offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president from authors, collectors, and artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture, and concludes with a book signing.

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