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CSU-Pueblo hosts the 5th Annual Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series

Release Date: February 27, 2017

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO – The Colorado State University-Pueblo History Program along with the History Club and Alpha Theta Kappa Honor Society presents Dr. Matthew Pinsker from Dickinson College as the speaker for the fifth annual Bea Spade Memorial Lecture Series, March 14-15. The series honors the memory of CSU-Pueblo Historian Beatrice Spade, who passed away in the summer of 2012, and celebrates the study of history at CSU-Pueblo. Additional sponsors include the University Library, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associated Students’ Government.

Matthew Pinsker holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College and serves as director of the House Divided Project. He is writing a biography of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his record as a political party leader. Boss Lincoln, forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co., offers new in-sights about the history of American partisanship through the biography of its greatest practitioner. He is also the author of two books: Abraham Lincoln (American Presidents Reference Series) and Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home. Pinsker is a graduate of Harvard University and has a D. Phil in modern history from Oxford University.

All events are open to the public and free except for the Pueblo Union Depot banquet.  The cost for the banquet is $20 per person, $10 for students.  Tickets for the banquet must be purchased by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10.  To purchase tickets, contact Judy Gaughan, associate professor of history, at or at 719.549.2417.

Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m., LS 105 – FREE, reception to follow lecture

Boss Lincoln: Understanding Abraham Lincoln’s Partisan Leadership

Partisanship is not a new phenomenon in American politics. In this lecture, Pinsker will explore what role partisanship played in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. 

Wednesday, March 15, 11:15 a.m., Hasan School of Business Auditorium - FREE

The Prince of Emancipation and New Directions in the Study of Slavery and Freedom

Pinkser will explore how historians do research by exploring sources on emancipation.

Wednesday, March 15, 6 p.m., History Program Banquet at the Union Depot, 132 West B Street, Pueblo, CO – Must purchase tickets.

The Future of History: Lessons from the Digital Frontier

Pinkser will discuss how the 2500-year-old practice of history is being changed by modern technology. This lecture will be held in conjunction with the National History Honor Society (Phi Alpha Theta) Induction Ceremony and the History Program Banquet

 Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.


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