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Abraham Lincoln and International Law Lecture, October 21 at LSUS

October 13, 2016

Dr. Burrus M. Carnahan will deliver the 33rd annual Abraham Lincoln Lecture on "Lincoln's Long Shadow: The President and International Law," Friday, October 21st at 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Caddo-Bossier Room in the University Center bldg. at LSUS. It's free and open to the public.

A distinguished international lawyer and scholar, Dr. Carnahan teaches at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, as well as serving as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He is a retired U.S. Air Force major who served with the JAG Corps and the author of two recent books: Act of Justice: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War, and Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Laws of War, both published by the University Press of Kentucky.

William Pederson, professor of political science and American Studies Endowed Chair at LSUS, stated that "most Americans don't realize that Lincoln's administration pioneered the first contribution to the international law of armed conflict which evolved into the Geneva Conventions."

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and the International Lincoln Center at LSUS, the first such Center in the nation that focuses on Lincoln's legacy abroad. The Lecture series is named in honor of Frank and Virginia Williams from Rhode Island. Frank Williams is a retired chief justice of the Rhode Island and his mother-in-law is a graduate of Byrd High School in Shreveport.

 
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