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Ohio Wesleyan to Hold Richard W. Smith Lecture March 27

March 11, 2008

Richard Carwardine, Ph.D.
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host Richard Carwardine, Ph.D., for its 2008 Richard W. Smith Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in the Benes Rooms in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Carwardine will present, “ ‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether’: Abraham Lincoln, God, and the American Civil War.” The event also will be streamed live online at stream.owu.edu.

Carwardine, the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, is the first British scholar to be awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize—the most prominent award in the United States for 19th century American history. With research interests focused on American politics, religion, and society during the early republic and the era of the Civil War, Carwardine’s works include “Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America, 1790-1865” (1978), “Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America” (1993), and “Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power” (2003).

Named in honor of an emeritus history professor who started teaching at Ohio Wesleyan in 1950, the Richard W. Smith Lecture hosts annually a national Civil War scholar. Past lecturers in the series, which started in 2002, include Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson of Princeton University and John Y. Simon, Ph.D., executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.