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Lincoln Scholars Program

Challenging Books, Authentic Conversations

Applications for the Lincoln Scholars program are open. The application and recommendation letter deadline have been extended to Friday, May 14th at 5pm (EST). Apply within the Future Eagle portal. Questions about the program may be addressed to the director of the program or to

Good Books Build CharacterLincoln Scholars (Certificate in Political Thought) is a 15-credit certificate program for 1st and 2nd year students who want to explore the great questions of moral and political life in a context of intellectual and political diversity. Key points of the program include: small seminar classes on foundational texts; an intellectually and politically diverse set of readings, students, and faculty; and an intellectual community of students and scholars outside of the classroom.

Sustaining Political Community in the Face of Violence

Abraham Lincoln’s speech “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions,” is a meditation on how political violence undermines constitutional self-government. In the aftermath of the January 6 events on Capitol Hill, what lessons can we take from Lincoln's seminal speech on sustaining political community in the face of political violence?

Watch Lincoln Scholars Director Tom Merrill in a conversation about these topics with Ben Kleinerman, R.W. Morrison Chair of Political Science at Baylor University, and the author of "The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power."

Lincoln Scholars Program: Challenging Books, Authentic Conve

Learn more about Lincoln Scholars from program director Thomas Merrill in this video.


Learn more about Thomas Merrill, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Associate Director of the Political Theory Institute at American University.
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Inaugural Lincoln Scholar Lecture Finds Lessons in Declaration of Independence

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