Rutgers Professor To Open Lincoln Lecture Series

Abraham Lincoln

EAST BRUNSWICK—The New Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission will present a lecture by William Gillette, Ph.D., a professor of history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, on Monday, March 22.

The 7 p.m. event will be held at the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick. Gillette’s topic that evening will be “Lincoln and the Civil War.” Admission is free.


“Dr. Gillette is one of the foremost authorities of our generation regarding the Civil War and Reconstruction,” noted Dr. Michael P. Riccards, executive director of The Hall Institute of Public Policy – New Jersey, who had been named in 2009 as the commission chair by former Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

The Gillette lecture at the East Brunswick Public Library marks the first of four lectures in the Abraham Lincoln: An American Life Lecture Series being presented by the commission. The next three events in the Lincoln lecture series are as follows:

•    April 6: “President-Elect Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter of 1860 -1861” by noted Lincoln historian and author Harold Holzer; Brookdale Community College, Warner Student Life Center (Room: Navesink 1), 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, at 7 p.m.

•    April 15: “The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage” by biographer and poet Daniel Mark Epstein; Camden County College, Connector Building (Civic Hall), 200 College Drive, Blackwood, at 7 p.m.

•    April 22: “Abraham Lincoln: New Findings, Fresh Perspectives” by another noted Lincoln historian and author, Michael Burlingame, Ph.D.; The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, at 7 p.m.

Gillette is the author of The Right to Vote: Politics and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment; Retreat from Reconstruction, 1869”1879; and Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854 -1865. He is also a frequent lecturer and has delivered more that 81 guest lectures in the United States, Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia.

Appointed a member of the NJALBC in 2009 by Corzine, Gillette is the recipient of numerous awards. Most recently, he received a Fulbright distinguished lectureship and occupied the Nikolay V. Sivachev Distinguished Chair in American History at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia.

Gillette, who earned his bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and his master’s degree from Columbia University, received his doctorate from Princeton University.

For information regarding directions or public transportation to the East Brunswick Public Library, please consult the library’s website at

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