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TOPEKA – Author Manisha Sinha, professor of Afro-American studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, will speak at the annual Lincoln Lecture Series with the presentation of “Race and Equality in the Age of Lincoln,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Washburn Room, Memorial Union, Washburn University. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Recently, Sinha was a featured commentator on “The Abolitionists” part of the “American Experience” series on PBS. Sinha consulted on the script for the series and is featured prominently on screen discussing the era and her upcoming book on the abolitionists. Sinha is the author of “The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina” (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) and “To Live and Die in the Holy Cause: Abolition and the Origins of America’s Interracial Democracy” (Forthcoming, Yale University Press).
She was born in India and received her doctorate from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. In 2011, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and delivered the Distinguished Faculty Lecture. In 2006, she was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society and in 2003, she was appointed to the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecture Series.
The Lincoln Lecture Series was instituted in conjunction with a series of events leading up to Washburn University’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. Washburn was established as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas on Feb. 6, 1865.