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Mike Marty to lead series on ‘Lincoln’s Lifelong Learning Journey’

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Mike Marty

Historian and former
Drake University Dean of Arts and Sciences Myron “Mike” Marty will
return to campus on Monday, June 29, to lead a two-part discussion on President
“Lincoln’s Lifelong Learning.”

The class, which is
a free course offered by Drake’s RaySociety, will begin at 11 a.m. in the
Cowles Library Reading Room, 28th Street and University Avenue.

The class, which is
open to the public, will feature Marty’s talk on “Abraham Lincoln — His
Childhood Years through His Years as a Lawyer.”

At noon, there will
be a break for lunch. Participants may bring their own lunches or buy meals
from the Cowles Café or the grill outside the front entrance of the library.

The class will
continue at 12:45 p.m. with “Abraham Lincoln in Politics and as
President.” For reservations, call Rena Wilson at 515-271-2120.

Marty, professor
emeritus of history at Drake, is the author of “Schooling in Lincoln’s
America and Lincoln’s Extraordinary Self-Schooling,” a chapter in
“Lincoln’s America, 1809-1865 (SIU Press, 2008).

He also published a
review of the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in
Springfield, Ill., in the Summer 2006 issue of The Public Historian, the journal
of the National Council on Public History, published by the University of
California Press.

He has also
written hundreds of book reviews, the majority of which have appeared in the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He continues to review books for the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch and the Taliesin Fellows Journal — the publication sponsored by
the alumni of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

In addition, he has
published several books, including the newly published “Communities of
Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin and Beyond,” as well as “Frank Lloyd
Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship,” on which he and his wife, Shirley,

Other published
works include: “Daily Life in the United States, 1960-1990: Decades of
Discord”; and “Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You,”
which he co-authored with David Kyvig.

Marty served
on the boards of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin Preservation
Inc., and is a member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the
Piatt County Museum.

In 1984 he joined Drake as dean of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences and continued as dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences from 1986 to 1994. In 1994, he was named the Ann G. and Sigurd E.
Anderson university professor and professor of history until 2002.

He retired in 2002
and moved to
of Monticello,
Ill., where he lives now.
received the
Drake Medal of
Service in 2005.