The comprehensive and multidisciplinary International Lincoln Center for American Studies offers a year-round cycle of events to faculty and the community through a variety of formats exploring the common theme of the American heritage and its relevance for today.

Founded in the fall of 1982, it is the largest privately endowed program at LSU in Shreveport. The program has been the recipient of several national, regional, state and local awards, including a Cultural Olympiad designation. Just as the American Studies cycle of events and offerings encompass the calendar, its program sites encompass Shreveport, Washington, D.C., and other selected locations as outreach initiatives promoting the mission of LSU in Shreveport.

The Center has received multiple grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society), the Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Major Program Components

Constitution Day Lecture and Law Fair - Presidential Conference Series - Fellowships to Colonial Williamsburg - LSUS Faculty Fellowship in American Studies - Abraham Lincoln Abroad Collection
Abraham Lincoln Lecture - Washington Semester - Washington, D.C. Lecture Series - The Center's Publication Record - Summer Teacher Institute

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International Lincoln Center for American Studies

Bronson Hall
Room 323
One University Place
Shreveport, La 71115
318-795-4023 (fax)

  • Washington Semester

    LSUS American Studies offered the first independent Washington semester at a public college/university in the South, and today it is the least expensive one in the nation. Open to all, regardless of home campus or academic major, this intensive 3-4 week interim mini-semester blends internships and cultural components.

    Six credit hours in humanities and the social sciences are available to undergraduate students satisfactorily completing the Washington Semester. The program has been recognized in publications of the American Political Science Association and was the subject of the first journal article published on Washington Semesters. Please feel free to contact our office for more information.

International Lincoln Association

Founded in 1987 in California and incorporated in Louisiana in 2004, the International Lincoln Association is an educational 501(c)3 organization. The organization was originally founded by a group composed of lawyers, political scientists and a Foreign Service officer (retired) to foster and promote worldwide education about the life, values and works of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the sixteenth president of the United States. It has a special focus on primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities.

Through meetings and publications, the International Lincoln Association stresses three large themes:

Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator who ended slavery in the United States and endorsed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution;
Abraham Lincoln as the Great Commoner who saved the Union and democratic values during the American Civil War, and thereby preserved the idea of self-government in the world;
Abraham Lincoln as the Great Reconciler (“with malice toward none”) whose administration is credited with pioneering the first humanitarian code for the conduct of the military during wartime, setting the precedent for 20th Century international humanitarian law agreements.


W. Pederson and A. McLaurin, eds., The Rating Game in American Politics (Irvington 1987).

N. Provinzer and W. Pederson, eds., Grassroots Constitutionalism (University Press of America, 1988).

W. Pederson, ed., The "Barberian" Presidency (Lang 1989).

W. Pederson, Congressional-Presidential Relations in the U.S. (Mellen, 1991).

W. Pederson and N. Provizer, eds., Great Justices of the Supreme Court (Lang, 1993, 1994, 2nd printing).

F. Williams, W. Pederson, V. Marsala, eds., Abraham Lincoln. Sources and Style of Leadership (Greenwood, 1994).

F. Williams and W. Pederson, eds., Abraham Lincoln Contemporary ~ An American Legacy (Savas, 1995).

M. Rozell and W. Pederson, eds., FDR and the Modern Presidency. Leadership and Legacy (Praeger, 1997).

B. Daynes, W. Pederson and M. Riccards, eds., The New Deal and Public Policy (St. Martin's, 1998).

J. Simon, H. Holzer, and W. Pederson, eds., Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, and the Civil War (Savas, 1999).

M. Rozell, W. Pederson and F. Williams, eds., George Washington and the Origins of the American Presidency. (Praeger, 2000).

N. Young, W. Pederson, eds., Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shaping of American Political Culture (M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

T. Wolf and W. Pederson, eds., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress. The New Deal and Its Aftermath (M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

E. Fishman, W. Pederson and M. Rozell, eds., George Washington. Foundation of Leadership and Character (Praeger, 2001).

K. Cope, W. Pederson and F. Williams, eds., George Washington In and As Culture. Bicentenary Explorations (AMS Press, 2001)

T. Howard and W. Pederson, eds., Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Formation of the Modern World (M.E. Sharpe, 2003).

F. Williams and W. Pederson, eds., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln: Competing Perspectives (M.E. Sharpe, 2003)

N. Provizer and W. Pederson, eds., Leaders of the Pack: Polls & Case Studies of Great Supreme Court Justices (Lang, 2003).

S. Shaw, W. Pederson, and F. Williams, eds. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Transformation of the Supreme Court (M.E. Sharpe, 2004).

W. Pederson, and F. Williams, eds., The Great Presidential Triumvirate at Home and Abroad: Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln (Nova Science, 2006).

W. Pederson, The FDR Years (Facts on File, 2006).

W. Pederson and F. Williams, eds., Creative Breakthroughs in Leadership: James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and Mahatma Gandhi (Pencraft International, 2007).

J. Vile, W. Pederson, and F. Williams, eds., James Madison: Philosopher, Founder, and Statesman (Ohio University Press, 2008).

F. Williams and W. Pederson, eds., Lincoln Lessons (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009).


International Abraham Lincoln Journal
Journal of Contemporary Thought

The Lincolnator
Abraham Lincoln Abroad
Washington Semesters and Internships


Lincoln Center

If you would like to support the American Studies program as a center for excellence at LSU Shreveport, please consider joining the Friends of the International Lincoln Center at LSUS.

Annual "Stovepipe Hat" membership = $1,000

Annual "Debater" membership = $500

Membership Form