I attended (with four Ashbrooks) this very good conference on Lincoln, Lincoln for the Ages
, at Washington & Lee University. It was Lucas Morel's baby, and he did a fine job in both conceiving the thing and administering it. (Thanks Lucas, for your hospitality.) As you can see from the list of panelists, all the thoughtful scholars were there, and all performed serious. I hope none of them will be offended, however, if I assert that Justice Clarence Thomas (who gave the keynote address in the packed Lee Chapel) stole the show. You can listen to it here
. Truth and poetry, call it what you will, but I thought it was one of the finest talks on Lincoln I have ever heard. Breathtaking in its beauty, pith and purpose.
11:01 AM / September 28, 2009