Harold Holzer, a leading authority on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization of the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 42 books, most recently Emancipating Lincoln. Holzer has won many research, writing, and lifetime achievement awards, including the 2008 National Humanities Medal from the President of the United States. A former journalist, and political and government press secretary (for both Congresswoman Bella Abzug and Governor Mario Cuomo), Holzer serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Edna Greene Medford is a professor and chairperson of the Department of History at Howard University, where for the last 25 years she has specialized in nineteenth century U.S. history. Her publications revolve around the issues confronting African Americans as they made the transition from slavery to freedom during the Civil War and in the decades thereafter. Professor Medford sits on the advisory boards of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center (Galesburg, Illinois), the Ulysses S. Grant Papers (Mississippi State University), President Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, D.C.) and the Abraham Lincoln Foundation. She is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation board and of the executive committee of the Lincoln Forum.
I. Robertson Jr.
I. Robertson Jr., Alumni
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia
Tech, is one of the most distinguished names
in Civil War history. A nationally acclaimed
teacher and lecturer, he has written or edited
two dozen books on the Civil War era. His biography
of Stonewall Jackson won eight national awards
and was the basis for the movie Gods and
Generals. His most recent book is The
Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of
War (2011). Early in his career, Robertson
was appointed executive director of the U.S.
Civil War Centennial Commission by President
John F. Kennedy. Today he serves on the Virginia
Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission,
appointed by the Virginia General Assembly.
Frank J. Williams is the recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and a renowned Lincoln scholar and author or editor of 14 books on Abraham Lincoln. He has a private library and archive that ranks among the nation's largest and finest Lincoln collections. Williams is on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation board and has served as chairman of the Lincoln Forum since it was founded in 1995.
J. Evans, Discussion Host
Lynwood J. Evans (“Woody”) is a
retired attorney and government affairs professional
who is now a TV Host and MC. For the past four
years he has been the host of Cable Reports,
the television show that explores issues of
concern for viewers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Woody interviews members of the Virginia General
Assembly during the legislative session in Richmond,
Virginia every year as the members deal with
the complicated financial and social issues
that affect the lives of ordinary citizens.
for his easy going and conversational style
Woody has also hosted various events for Comcast
Newsmakers, panel discussions at the Virginia
Cable Telecommunications Association annual
meeting, and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers