Historian Douglas L. Wilson, co-director of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center, will speak at Monmouth College on March 27 at 7 p.m. in The Underground in Grier Residence Hall.
Sponsored by MC’s honor societies of history, English and theatre – Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Psi Omega, respectively – the talk is free and open to the public.
Wilson will discuss his research on a topic that “drove Abraham Lincoln crazy” – the difference between the works of Shakespeare that he read, studied and loved, and the Shakespeare that was performed by theatre troupes. Lincoln was angered by the actors who came through Washington, D.C., who played fast and loose with the Bard’s scripts and language, so much so that he argued with them about it.
The George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English at Knox, Wilson is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, an award first received by filmmaker Ken Burns for his documentary, “The Civil War.”