Past Event

The Abe We Know Now: Abraham Lincoln in Contemporary Theatre and Popular Culture

A Road Scholar Program by Jennifer Shook

This multimedia presentation examines contemporary appearances of the beloved stovepipe-hatted president in unlikely places: musicals, Pulitzer Award-winning plays about card hustlers by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, episodes of The Simpson’s, and in ads for sleep medications. Just how does Lincoln’s legacy play out for artists and audiences now? What is the relationship between recent historical findings and new representations of Abraham Lincoln?

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Lauren Jensen, 309.457.2226.