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W&L’s Institute for Honor Keynote Features Richard Brookhiser

Richard Brookhiser, American journalist, biographer and historian, will deliver the keynote address at the Institute for Honor Symposium “From Civil War to a Civil Society: Achieving Peace with Honor” at Washington and Lee University on March 20 in Lee Chapel. The program welcome and introductions begin at 4 p.m. and the lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.

The event will be streamed live online.

The title of Brookhiser’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Lincoln and the Founders: Slavery, War, the New Birth of Freedom.” The talk will be on Lincoln’s leadership as a Civil War president anticipating the challenges of post-war governance.

As the 150th year after the Civil War draws to a close in 2015, this year’s Institute for Honor Symposium will examine honor’s role in America’s transition from war to peace. Winning the peace on the battlefield proved a mighty ordeal. Keeping the peace once the Civil War was over proved even more difficult.

Brookhiser’s books include “Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln” (2014); “James Madison” (2011); “Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement” (2009); and “George Washington on Leadership” (2008).

Brookhiser, the senior editor of the National Review, is the author and host of two films by Michael Pack: “Rediscovering George Washington” (PBS, 2002) and “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” (PBS, 2011). He was the historian curator of “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” a 2004 exhibition at the New York Historical Society. In 2008, he received the National Humanities Medal.

Established in 2000 at Washington and Lee by a generous endowment from the Class of 1960, the Institute for Honor includes an array of initiatives and specific programs designed to promote the understanding and practice of honor as an indispensable element of society. The Institute for Honor Symposium is dedicated to the advocacy of honor as the core value in personal, professional, business and community relations.