For release: February 8, 2012
For press information, contact Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520
Dr. Eric Foner
In recognition of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation,
the University of Memphis will host one of America’s most prominent historians, Dr.
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Foner will
discuss his latest masterwork, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the University Center Theatre. A reception will begin at
6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30. A book signing will follow.
Presented by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the event is free and open
to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University
The Fiery Trial has won a trifecta of prestigious awards: the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft
Prize, and the Lincoln Prize.
In delivering the 2012 Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History, Foner will explore
the fascinating, complex evolution of Lincoln’s views about slavery from his Kentucky
roots through his presidential vision for post-Civil War America.
Foner is the author or editor of 26 books. A scholar of American intellectual, political,
social, and racial history, he has won almost every major prize in his profession.
Foner has served as president of three historical and professional organizations,
curated prizewinning museum exhibitions, and won numerous teaching awards at Columbia.
He has also written in popular venues such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and has appeared on programs such as Charlie Rose, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report.
More information about this event or about the Orr Center is available online at http://memphis.edu/moch or by phone from Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-2520.