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Steve Inskeep

Differ We Must


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Doors to this Forum will open at 4:30PM.
A musical performance by Monroe Crossing will start at 5PM.

At 5:30PM we will have a special pre-Forum program. This is Tim Hart-Andersen’s final Forum as moderator. We will hear Tim share some of his favorite memories of nearly 25 years moderating the Forum.

About Steve Inskeep

As cohost of the most listened-to radio program in the country for more than two decades, Steve Inskeep has mastered the art of building constructive debate. He is coming to the Forum with his new book, Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America. Inskeep will share Lincoln’s lessons for bridging even the most intense political divisions and how we can employ them today. A book signing will follow this Forum.

Steve Inskeep is a cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio program in the United States, and of NPR’s Up First, one of the nation’s most popular podcasts. His reporting has taken him across the United States, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Pakistan, and China. His search for the full story behind the news has led him to history; he is the author of Instant City, Jacksonland, and Imperfect Union.

In Differ We Must, Inskeep illuminates Lincoln’s life through sixteen encounters, some well-known, some obscure, but all imbued with new significance here. Each interaction was with a person who differed from Lincoln, and in each someone wanted something from the other. While Lincoln didn’t always change his critics’ beliefs—many went to war against him—he did learn how to make his beliefs actionable. He told jokes, relied on sarcasm, and often made fun of himself—but behind the banter was a distinguished storyteller who carefully chose what to say and what to withhold. He knew his limitations and, as history came to prove, he knew how to prioritize. Many of his greatest acts came about through his engagement with people who disagreed with him—meaning that in these meetings, Lincoln became the Lincoln we know.

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