A House Divided: Protests, Patriots and Partisanship

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A House Divided: Protests, Patriots and Partisanship

Examining Race, Citizenship, and Justice to Bridge the Divide

Presented by the Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship and Justice 

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln uttered the phrase “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.”  He delivered these words upon his  acceptance of the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate.  Lincoln’s prophetic words focused on the nation, specifically the spread of the institution of slavery across the federal territories. What does this concept mean in this contemporary moment? Panelists at this inaugural event will consider the enduring ramifications of this phrase from their varied interdisciplinary perspectives, with a particular focus on the three pillars of the Middleton Center—Race, Citizenship, and Justice.


Christina Wells, Professor, School of Law
Justin Dyer, Professor, Kinder Institute and Department of Political Science
Keona Ervin, Associate Professor, Department of History
Symonne Sparks, Alumna, School of Music  
Middleton Center Co-directors, S. David Mitchell and Stephanie Shonekan