The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Talks provide a forum for visiting scholars and speakers to present their research and ideas to students and faculty and friends of the school. We welcome guests to join us for these conversations addressing a variety of topics in political, economic, and civic thought.
For students and faculty
"The Selling of the President, 1860: Lincoln's Political Cunning" with Henry Olsen
March 31 | 4:50 - 6:30 p.m. MST | Online
Abraham Lincoln is rightly thought to be one of America's greatest Presidents. Many people have studied his words and deeds, but few ponder the arduous political path he had to hew in his rise from backwoods lawyer and bush league politician to become America's 16th President. Washington Post columnist and political analyst Henry Olsen's lecture will take you into Lincoln's mind and show how his mastery of the purportedly low arts of political strategy and cunning were crucial to making Lincoln the statesman we all revere.