When Michael Burlingame's 2,024-page biography of Lincoln was published in 2008, it was hailed by critics as "definitive" and "magisterial."

In this talk, which begins the free summer lecture series sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Burlingame will examine Lincoln's relationships with those closest to him--his parents, children, and wife--and will also explore Lincoln's midlife crisis and the psychological origins of his hatred of slavery.

Burlingame holds the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.