Centre College will host Andrew Ferguson, author of "Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America," this fall as part of its "Year of Lincoln" celebration.
Ferguson's visit will inaugurate a series of events currently being planned at the college in recognition of the man many consider to be the nation's most influential president.
Incoming freshmen at Centre are assigned a required reading book, and this year the book selection committee decided to tie the reading into the campus' celebration of Lincoln. Members of the committee perused or read more than 20 books before unanimously choosing "Land of Lincoln."
"Everyone who surveyed Ferguson's eclectic book immediately concluded, 'That's it!'" says committee member Milton Reigelman, professor of English and director of international programs. "We were looking for something that a wide variety of incoming freshmen would not only read cover-to-cover, but also be excited about. Ferguson's inclusiveness and intelligent journalistic style were just what we were searching for."