Nearly 150 years ago, the United States was in the middle of our bloodiest war. The young country looked to a brilliant Midwesterner, Abraham Lincoln, to lead them through the darkest hours of political and constitutional crises. What lessons have we learned from this time in American collective memory? How have the meanings of freedom changed for Americans since the Civil War and how has Lincoln’s legacy shaped American political discourse today?

Join us this spring as we explore the precipitating factors, crucial events and lasting effects of the War Between the States.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UWWhitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or for further information.

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Fairhaven Retirement Community



The Road to Appomattox and
Durham Station

RICHARD HANEY Emeritus Professor, History


Equal Protection and Equal Elections:
Enforcing the Civil War Amendments
in the Twenty-First Century

JOLLY EMREY Associate Professor and Chair,
Political Science


Revisiting “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
in the Twentieth Century

DANA PRODOEHL Assistant Professor,
Languages and Literatures



Lincoln’s Long Shadow: Portrayals
of Abraham Lincoln in American
Popular Culture

ANNA HAJDIK Lecturer, Languages and Literatures


Reinventing America: Lincoln’s
Gettysburg Address

RICHARD HAVEN Emeritus Professor, Communication


With Malice Toward None: Lincoln’s
Second Inaugural Address

RICHARD HAVEN Emeritus Professor, Communication


Lincoln’s Pragmatism: Plotting a Course
Between Abolition and States’ Rights

EDWARD GIMBEL Assistant Professor, Political Science


American Poets on Suffering and
Death in the Civil War

BETH LUECK Professor, Languages and Literatures



Lincoln’s Legacy and the Promise
of Reconstruction

AMBER MOULTON Assistant Professor, History


Lincoln’s Darkest Hour

ANTHONY GULIG Associate Professor and Chair, History


A Mission to Honor: UW-Whitewater
Students Premiere Documentary on the
Fairhaven Veteran’s History Project

Jarred Donlon, Katelyn Klepper, Ashlee Lamers,
Carolyn Larsen and Travis OGallagher,
UW-Whitewater Students

Click here for Documentary on Fairhaven Veterans.


Early American vs. Modern-Day Slavery:
Debating Similarities, Differences and the
Power of Moral Discourse

MARGO KLEINFELD Associate Professor,
Geography and Geology



Federalism and the Secession
Crisis of 1860-1861

LARRY ANDERSON Professor, Political Science