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2012

LSU Shreveport Earns Place in New Sculpture at Nation’s Capital

June 22, 2012

Replicas of two books co-edited by Dr. William D. Pederson, LSU Shreveport professor of political science and holder of the American Studies Endowed Chair at LSUS, have been featured in a three-story spiral sculpture made from more than 200 recent books about Abraham Lincoln in our nation's capital. The sculpture is located in the front lobby of the new Lincoln Education Center directly across from Ford's Theatre and adjacent to the Peterson House in Washington, D.C. where America's 16th president died.

The LSUS books are "Lincoln's Enduring Legacy" (Lexington Books, 2011) and "Lincoln Lessons" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), co-edited by Dr. William D. Pederson, professor of political science and the holder of the American Studies Endowed Chair at LSUS. A third book in the spiral sculpture, "Abraham Lincoln, Esq." (University Press of Kentucky, 2010) contains Pederson's chapter on Lincoln's legacy as an international lawyer.

Pederson said that the new sculpture is a fitting tribute for the Great Emancipator since, "there are more books on Lincoln than any other democratic political leader in world history." Pederson added that the International Lincoln Center at LSUS is the only entity in the nation that focuses on Lincoln's legacy abroad. "Unlike other American presidents, nearly every country in the world has multiple tributes to Lincoln ranging from streets and schools named for him as well as statues and stamps with his image," stated Pederson.

For more information on the International Lincoln Center at LSUS, contact Dr. William Pederson at (318) 797-5138.

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Media Contact: William D. Pederson, 318-797-5138, (william.pederson@lsus.edu)