Harold Holzer, the lead scholar on the Institute, is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. He is serving currently as a Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 43 books. His latest are How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, the official young adult companion book to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln film; and Emancipating Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation In Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard University Press), which Henry Louis Gates, Jr. called an “essential guide to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.” Holzer edited Lincoln and New York, the catalog for the award-winning New-York Historical Society exhibit of the same name, for which he served as chief historical advisor. The acclaimed exhibition, on view from October 2009 through March 2010, won the prestigious Barondess/Lincoln Award, a prize from the Victorian Society for best exhibit of the year, and a special commendation from the Lincoln Group of New York. His book Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (2004) won a second-place 2005 Lincoln Prize, the most prestigious award in the field.
Mia Nagawiecki is the Director of Education at the New-York Historical Society. She is responsible for the pedagogical aspects of the Institute, including integrating the scholarship into teachers’ practice, primary source workshops, and participants’ curricular projects. Nagawiecki has led dozens of workshops and institutes for K-12 and college educators in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. A frequent presenter at national social studies and history education conferences, including the National Council for History Education, Nagawiecki develops effective teaching strategies that bring primary sources into the classroom and foster the development of critical thinking skills. Relevant to this initiative in particular, Nagawiecki has designed and led Professional-Credit courses (credit-bearing courses for teachers in the New York City Department of Education) for the past several years, including “New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War." Nagawiecki contributes to the development of all N-YHS curriculum materials, including Lincoln and New York.
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