Virtual Lincoln Ideas Forum: Presidential Character 2020

Join us for the 6th annual Lincoln Ideas Forum as we bring together experts and the public in an exploration of presidential character. This virtual program will take place on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM. 

About this Event

Known as Honest Abe from an early age, as the story goes, Lincoln’s integrity remains a lasting part of his reputation. While in residence at the Cottage, he cemented his legacy of moral leadership with the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, we will explore the many facets of presidential character as our theme for the sixth annual Lincoln Ideas Forum. Join us as we bring together leadership experts, leaders from Presidential sites, and the public in an exploration of the character attributes that have served historic presidents, alongside contemporary reflections on how character informs leadership.

This program is open to the public.

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This program is made possible with a sponsorship from The Hasenberg Hartsock Group at Merrill Lynch.

Speakers include:

Andrew Marshall, Partnership for Public Service (Moderator)

Andrew oversees the strategy, design and delivery of the Partnership’s leadership development programming. He is a certified executive coach with experience developing leaders and leadership teams in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. His favorite public servant is Abraham Lincoln, who, among other things, applied his leadership strengths to create unity while celebrating diverse views and backgrounds.

K. Allison Wickens, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Allison  leads the Education and Guest Services division at Mount Vernon and oversees the history and civic learning goals for the institution’s onsite, offsite, and digital outreach programs. She advises the staff and leadership about trends and research in education and learning at museums, historic sites, and schools and has written on this subject in articles published in the Journal of Museum Education. Before arriving at Mount Vernon she worked for over 15 years at the Smithsonian Institution.

Janet Tran, Ronald Reagan Foundation

Janet  serves as the Director of Learning and Leadership for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.    In 2015, she established the Reagan Institute offices in Washington, DC with the launch of Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) and the inaugural Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) on the 35th anniversary of the seminal report,  A Nation at Risk.  Janet serves on the Board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), as a Senior Advisor to the Campus Election Engagement Project.

Mark Lawrence, LBJ Presidential Library and Museum

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. Until January 2020, Mark taught as Associate Professor of History at UT-Austin, where his classes focused on American and international history. Lawrence is author of Assuming the Burden:  Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam and The Vietnam War:  A Concise International History, as well as several edited books and numerous articles, chapters, and reviews on various aspects of the history of U.S. foreign relations. Mark has held the Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellowship at Yale University (2006-2008) and the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professorship in American Foreign Policy at Williams College (2011-2012).

Program Logistics

The day before the program, President Lincoln’s Cottage will send participants an email with a link to join the videoconference via Zoom. Click the link or copy and paste it into a browser in order to join the meeting. You may be prompted to download Zoom, which will take just a few moments to complete.

Participants will need a computer with a decent internet connection, equipped with a webcam and a microphone. Most laptops come with a camera and microphone built in. You can test your audio and video settings ahead of time if you would like.

The views and opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect those of President Lincoln’s Cottage. 

All events are considered public events for the purpose of photography and video.

Word art graphic copyright via Paul Solarz. 

This program is made possible with a sponsorship from The Hasenberg Hartsock Group at Merrill.

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