MOLINE, IL -- From 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities will present the free, public forum, "A Lincoln Symposium: Scholars from the Land of Lincoln." The event will feature a screening of the film, "Young Lincoln," a 30-minute documentary depicting how the joys and trials of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood years shaped his early political notions and molded his character. 

Three noted experts from Quad Cities' area educational institutions will lead discussions after the documentary screening. They include : Stephen Warren, associate professor of history at Augustana College and a Civil War expert who has been a featured scholar on the PBS series "American Experience"; William Hampes, a Black Hawk College psychology professor, noted for his use of humor during his Lincoln presentations; and Timothy Roberts, associate professor of history at Western, who organized "Abraham Lincoln: The Constitutional and Civil War," a traveling exhibition (made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities) that appeared at WIU-Macomb in 2010 (see

The documentary viewing and discussions are being coordinated with The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, which was established in 1964 to recognize the outstanding contributions made by Illinois Citizens toward the social, cultural and technological progress of mankind.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the Lincoln Academy will conduct its 49th annual convocation at Augustana College (Rock Island), and six people with ties to the Quad Cities will receive the Order of Lincoln honor, which is bestowed by the State of Illinois and is the state's highest award.

For more information about the convocation at Augustana College, see, or contact Keri Rursch at (309) 794-7721 or via email at

To find out more about the WIU-QC Public Forum, contact Tami Seitz at (309) 762-9481 or via email at

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