Sun, September 10, 2006 • 7:00 PM • At his home (map will be available in the Plan II office)
This is a book about Abraham Lincoln and four people in his cabinet--Henry Seward, Salmon Chase, Edwin Stanton and Edward Bates. The ironic aspect here is that three of these were the prime candidates for the Republican nomination for President in 1860 who Lincoln (as a distinct underdog) beat. The fourth was a lawyer who Lincoln had been shamed by in an earlier competition to represent a client in a prestigious case. There was every reason for Lincoln to shun all four of these people and for thSponsoring professor Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, is the W. L. Moody Centennial Professor of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin where he has served on the faculty since 1975. He was founding director of the Center for American Architecture and Design there 1982-90 and Dean of the School of Architecture 1992-2001. He has won numerous academic awards including the Chancellor's Council Teaching Award, the Amoco Award and the Blunk Professorship for outstanding undergraduate teaching as well as the Romeiniec Award from the Texas Society of Architects as outstanding architectural educator in Texas. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar and has been published widely in professional journals and other works on art, architecture, engineering and design. Speck also has a distinguished career as a practicing architect. His buildings have garnered over 70 design awards over the last 20 years and have been published widely both in the U. S. and internationally.