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The Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy


The Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy encourages original research in the emerging field of leadership theory and practice. The Institute seeks to identify opportunities for scholars, teachers and those engaged in public service to develop and practice responsible and ethical leadership. The staff and personnel associated with the Institute strive to create a positive research environment that will stimulate and enrich a variety of research undertakings.

The exemplary life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln provide the quintessential example of an accomplished leader and public servant. The Institute through its association with Lincoln Memorial University and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum provides access and guidance to original research materials for scholars interested in the relationship of Lincoln and his contemporaries to American governance and civil society. Through a variety of venues, the Institute expects to communicate the results of its research undertakings to the public.

The Institute sponsors the R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial lectures by leading scholars from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The lecture series honors the contributions of the late R. Gerald McMurtry to Lincoln scholarship. The Institute will continue pursuing his goal to raise public awareness of Abraham Lincoln and his contributions to the American experience.

The Institute focuses considerable attention on the development and improvement of instruction and administration at all levels of public education. The objective is to provide continuing education for professional practitioners in leadership roles throughout a modern integrated society. Seminars and workshops will be organized and conducted at appropriate times to communicate and share ideas in a collegial atmosphere.

The Institute posts on its website current opportunities and information related to its mission of increasing public awareness of Abraham Lincoln and his legacy of leadership. Significant publications and research findings will be reviewed and made available to the public. The Board of Directors selects and appoints the Research Fellows from a variety of academic disciplines. The Fellows encourage collaborative research and study that inform the overall scholarly experience.

The Institute seeks financial support from a number of foundations and agencies dedicated to the continued development and enrichment of the human experience by actively engaging the arts and humanities.

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