Public Program- Richard Wightman Fox

Lectures and performances
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

“Lincoln’s Republicanism as a Way of Life”
By Richard Wightman Fox
Co-sponsored by the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College

In this lecture based upon his recently published book, Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History, Richard Fox will describe how Lincoln’s physical appearance and the way the sixteenth president consciously made himself accessible to the public informed his political views and his concept of equality. Lincoln’s physical appearance has been an important component of our understanding and appreciation of the man, both in his own time and in the subsequent years since his assassination. Lincoln’s Body explores how a president ungainly in body and downright "ugly" of aspect came to mean so much to us.

Richard Wightman Fox teaches courses in American cultural and intellectual history at the University of Southern California. He is the author of five books: Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History (W. W. Norton, 2015); Jesus in America: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession (HarperOne, 2004); Trials of Intimacy: Love and Loss in the Beecher-Tilton Scandal (University of Chicago Press, 1999); Reinhold Niebuhr: A Biography (Pantheon, 1985); and So Far Disordered in Mind: Insanity in California, 1870–1930 (University of California Press, 1979). A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fox began working on Lincoln’s Body in 2005, while he was the Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence at AAS.

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