Event : Lecture by Professor William Pederson, Director, International Lincoln Center, LSU, Shreveport, USA on "Outsmarting Colonialists"

17-12-2018 to 17-12-2018 FACULTY OF ARTS >> Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
Faculty of Arts
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Vadodara, Gujarat, India - 390 002
Accredited ‘A’ by NAAC
1st December 2018
Extra Mural Lecture
The Department of Political Science invites you to an Extra Mural Lecture on
“Outsmarting Colonialists: Lincoln and Gandhi”
William D Pederson
Day; Date:       Monday, 17th December 2018
Time:               10.30 am
Venue:             Seminar Room, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts,
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Abstract of the Lecture
Last May I had heard Duke University political scientist Bruce W. Jentleson of Duke University talk at the Library of Congress about his new book, The Peace Makers. Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship.  Rivaling the importance of the content of the volume about the thirteen individuals from around the world who contributed to “liberal democracy” was his off-hand remark that they provided him with a pleasant distraction from current events. One of the chapters is on Gandhi.  None is on Lincoln, of course, since Jentleson limits his book to twentieth-century individuals.  This talk attempts to bring Lincoln, described by Gandhi as “the greatest and noblest man of the 19th century,” into the context of Jentleson’s approach. Both Gandhi and Lincoln outsmarted colonialism, a variety of illiberal democracy.  
The focus of this talk will be on Lincoln’s five major accomplishments while president that promoted liberal democracy:  The Land Grant College Act, the Homestead Act, the Railway Act, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the only “Encouragement of Immigration Act” in U.S. history.
About the Speaker
William D. Pederson is a professor of political science, the first recipient of an American Studies Endowed professorship in Liberal Arts, and the founding director of the International Lincoln Center at LSU Shreveport, now in its thirty-fifth year. Ironically, the International Lincoln Center at LSU Shreveport is located in the same city that was the last capital of the Confederacy. Professor Pederson earned his MA and Ph.D, from the University of Oregon. His doctoral thesis was on the issue of prisoner of war repatriation in international law. He has a rich experience of working in several academic and government institutions including Centenary College, Yankton College at the University of South Dakota, Westminster College, Missouri, and the United State Department of State (Operations Center).  Professor Pederson is the author and editor of many books and journal articles on presidents, the Congress and the Supreme Court. Some of his more recent books include Theodore Roosevelt’s Last Great Adventure in the White House, 2013 (with Marilyn R. Bedgood); Breaking Boundaries: Abraham Lincoln’s International Legacy, 2013; Lawyer-Statesmen and Constitutional Democracy, 2012 (with Sura Rath); A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt, 2011; Lincoln’s Enduring Legacy: Great Thinkers, Great Leaders, 2011 (Co-Editor with Robert P. Watson); Abraham Lincoln Without Borders: Lincoln’s Legacy Outside America, 2010 (with Jyotirmaya Tripathy); Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America’s Greatest Leader, 2009 (with Frank J. Williams); James Madison. Philosopher, Founder, Statesman, 2008 (with John R. Vile,); and Creative Breakthroughs in Leadership: James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and Mahatma Gandhi, 2007 (with Frank J. Williams). Professor Pederson is also the editor of several journals including Journal of Contemporary Thought and The International Abraham Lincoln Journal.
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