Lincoln scholar and biographer Ronald White to speak at MC

September 20, 2011
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr., a New York Times bestselling author and noted Abraham Lincoln scholar, will speak at Maryville College on Thurs., Sept. 29.

White’s presentation, titled “Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural Address,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

White is the author of eight books, including A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009), a New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book was honored as a “best book of 2009” by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, History Book Club and Barnes & Noble. In 2010, the book won the Christopher Award, which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”

He also wrote The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (2005), as well as Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002). He is currently writing a comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant, which will be published by Random House.

A book signing will follow White's presentation, and his books will be available for purchase.

The event is part of Maryville College’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

“To help us celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, we’re excited to have a world-renowned Lincoln scholar talk to us about Lincoln’s second inaugural address,” said Dr. Aaron Astor, assistant professor of history at Maryville College.

White earned a Ph.D. in religion and history from Princeton University. He is a professor emeritus of American religious history at San Francisco Theological Seminary, a visiting professor of history at UCLA and a Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. He has also taught at Colorado College, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Fuller Seminary and Rider University.

White has lectured at the White House and has been interviewed on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. His lectures at the Library of Congress (March 2002), the Lincoln Forum at Gettysburg (November 2002) and at the dedication of the Lincoln statue in Richmond (April 2003) have been broadcast on C-Span. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, Calif.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.