The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture: "Lincoln: Executive Power and Liberty"

WHEN: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University, will deliver the lecture "Lincoln: Executive Power and Liberty." Rozell's talk is part of Catholic University's Spring 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Semester marking the 200th anniversary of the president's birth. In addition, Catholic University is offering five courses during the spring 2009 semester that examine Lincoln in history, politics and culture.

Rozell's lecture will focus on the constitutional foundations of Lincoln's broad exercise of executive powers in an emergency as well as the dangers to liberty his actions posed. It will assess the proper balance between power and liberty in a democratic republic.

Rozell is the author of nine books and the editor of 16 more on various aspects of American government. Among his latest edited volumes are The New Politics of the Old South (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, 4th ed.), Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension Between Faith and Power (Georgetown University Press, 2009), and Media Power, Media Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, 2d ed.).

He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues. His current research projects are on presidential powers, religion and U.S. politics, and U.S. media and politics.

The Feb. 10 lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow the talk. For more information, contact 202-319-5114.

SPONSOR: School of Arts and Sciences

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.