The Catholic University of America

Nov. 20, 2008

CUA Experts Available to Discuss Lincoln Bicentennial

Several noted experts at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth and to offer insights into the mind, accomplishments and legacy of the 16th president through the spectrum of art, history, literature, political science and film. All of the experts are teaching courses in spring 2009 related to the Lincoln bicentennial.

For assistance in reaching these CUA experts, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

  • POLITICAL LEADERSHIP - Phillip Henderson, associate professor of politics, will teach a CUA course titled "Lincoln and Political Leadership." Henderson's expertise includes U.S. political leadership since 1789, executive branch policymaking, the U.S. presidency, and American national institutions.

    Henderson can be reached at 202-319-6226 (office) or 410-992-1776 (home) or by e-mail: (work).

  • LITERATURE AND FILM - Glen Johnson, professor of English, will teach "Lincoln in Literature and Film." Johnson is an expert in American literature and cultural history, theory of narrative, mass media and culture, and performance art. His publications include four edited volumes of Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings; articles on 19th and 20th-century American literature including Lincoln, fiction, popular culture and film, experimental literature and contemporary performance.

    Johnson can be reached at 202-319-5114 or by e-mail:

  • ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL LEGACY - Lisa Lipinski, adjunct assistant professor of art history, will teach "The Legacy of Lincoln: American Art and Culture from 1809-1930." Lipinski is an expert in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art. Her research and writing are focused on critical issues related to art historiography, race and gender. She has published essays on American art in the postbellum period.

    Lipinski can be reached at 202-319-5282 or

  • POLITICAL RHETORIC - Stephen McKenna, chair of CUA's Department of Media Studies, will teach "Lincoln's Eloquence." McKenna is an expert in U.S. presidential rhetoric and the rhetoric of advertising. His research interests include the history and theory of rhetoric and propaganda; political argumentation; advertising and economic rhetoric; and visual rhetoric. He is the author of "Adam Smith: The Rhetoric of Propriety" (SUNY, 2006) and co-editor of "World's Greatest Speeches," 4th ed. (Dover, 1999).

    McKenna can be reached at 410-788-7660, 410-627-1036 (cell) or

  • HISTORY AND MEMORY - Stephen A. West, associate professor of history, will teach "Abraham Lincoln in History and Memory." West is an expert in the Civil War, Reconstruction and southern U.S. history. He is the author of "From Yeoman to Redneck in the South Carolina Upcountry, 1850-1915" (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and " 'A General Remodeling of Every Thing' " in "Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States" by Thomas J. Brown, editor, (Oxford University Press, 2006).

    West can be reached at 202-319-5484 or by e-mail:

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