Lincoln’s Information Superhighway
A talk by Ted Widmer
Although known for many other qualities, Lincoln was a master at navigating the increasingly complex webs of information that were available on the eve of the Civil War. Predictably, he then went on to use these skills as he led the war effort, the most complex administrative challenge faced by any president to that date.
Edward L. Widmer is author or editor of ten works relating to American history. He was recently Director of the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress (2016-2017), and previously held positions as Assistant to the President and Senior Fellow, Brown University (2013-2016); Senior Adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2012 to 2013); Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library, and Adjunct Professor of History, Brown University 2006-2012; Inaugural Director, C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience Washington College, and Associate Professor of History (tenured), 2001-2006; Senior Advisor to the President for Special Projects, 2000-2001 (advisor to President Clinton on issues relating to history and scholarship; Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Director for Speechwriting, National Security Council, 1997-2000 (foreign policy speechwriter for President Clinton); and Lecturer and Senior Administrator, History and Literature, Harvard University, 1993-1997, where he received the 1994 Stephen Botein Prize for Teaching Excellence. He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization (1993) from Harvard University.
Quello Assistant Director Dr. Bibi Reisdorf will be a panelist on the IPPSR Public Policy Forum “Imagining No Broadband Access” on February 7th between 11:30am and 1:30pm. She will join Erik Frederick from Connected Nation and Pierrette Renée Dagg-Templeton from Merit Network to discuss broadband access in Michigan.
The event is organized by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). If you would like to attend, please make sure that you register at the link provided.
Imagine little to no broadband access making it difficult to impossible to use your cell phone, computer or GPS system. Unfortunately, not much imagination is needed for some Michiganders. Broadband access is of primary importance to Michigan’s economic success. Hence, this forum will look at the need to provide innovative digital technologies that connect all of Michigan’s students, teachers and consumers to jobs, life-long learning and a wide range of information. Panel experts for this forum are helping to close the access gap by seeking ways to provide more fiber optic connections, more affordable broadband services, and improved Wi-Fi access.
Panelist Biographical Information