Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
On this 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, America's
first black President resides in the White House. Moreover, Barack
Obama is a Lincolnian who famously looks to the Great Emancipator's
presidency for guidance in his own. Is Lincoln a spiritual "father"
to Obama or is there a profound incompatibility between the
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow
at the Hoover Institution, where he specializes in the study of
race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. Steele
has written widely on race in American society and the consequences
of contemporary social programs on race relations. He has been
published in the New York Times and the Wall Street
Journal and is a contributing editor at Harper's
In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions
to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the
National Humanities Medal. In 1991, his work on the documentary
Seven Days in Bensonhurst was recognized with an Emmy
Award. Steele received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in
1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book The
Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America.
Other books by Steele include White Guilt: How Blacks and
Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era
(HarperCollins 2006) and A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal
of Black Freedom in America. Steele holds a Ph.D. in English
from the University of Utah, an M.A. in sociology from Southern
Illinois University, and a B.A. in political science from Coe
College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
More About the Speakers
Shelby Steele, Ph.D.
Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow,
The Hoover Institution
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow