Dole Lecture to Focus on Abraham Lincoln

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ The Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence is focusing several events next year on Abraham Lincoln.

The institute is returning to a theme for its annual lecture series.

Four of the nation's leading Abraham Lincoln experts will visit
the institute at the University of Kansas in February and March.

The programs will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 16th president's birth.

Richard Norton Smith, the Dole Institute's first permanent director, will kick off the series Sunday, Feb. 8.

Michael Burlingame will discuss his long-awaited, two-volume biography ``Lincoln: A Life'' on Feb. 17. Los Angeles-based historian Ron White, author of the newly published ``A. Lincoln,'' will speak on March 2.

KU's own assistant professor of history Jennifer Weber will conclude the series March 10, with a discussion of Lincoln's challenging 1864 campaign for re-election.

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