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Durr Lecture Series at AUM

For nearly 30 years, Auburn University at Montgomery has introduced the River Region community to globally recognized thought leaders and guided conversation about social justice and civil liberties through the Clifford Judkins and Virginia Foster Durr Lecture Series.

Founded in 1992, the Durr Lecture Series has introduced the AUM community to a variety of prominent intellectuals, authors, historians, activists, civic leaders and change agents, including such luminaries as Cornel West, Art Buchwald, Lady Bird Johnson, Fred Gray, Studs Terkel, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Congressman John Lewis. Guest lecturers discuss aspects of the constitutional protection of civil liberties and other timely, relevant issues. The lectures are free and open to the public.

About the Durrs

Born in Montgomery, the late Clifford Durr rose to prominence as a lawyer who defended individuals accused of “disloyalty” during the New Deal and McCarthy eras. In 1926, he married Virginia Foster Durr, a Birmingham native and close friend of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Durr attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, an experience that inspired her to question segregation and to become a civil rights activist.

Mr. Durr represented Parks in her challenge of segregation laws that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956. Clifford and Virginia Durr also knew Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and housed many volunteers who participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march.

The 2019 Clifford and Virginia Durr Lecture at AUM will be held in the fall of 2019 with the speaker to be announced.

Durr Lecturers by Year

2019

TBA

2018

Cornel West

2017

James Forman, Jr.

2016

Clark Johnson

2015

Paul Chappell

2014

Steve Hahn

Hackney Symposium Speakers

Raymond Arsenault
Orville Vernon Burton
Steve Hahn
Patrician Sullivan
Declan McBride

2013

Vernon Jordan

2012

Robert S. Graetz
Andrew Grace

2011

Raymond Arsenault

2010

James K. Galbraith

2009

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

2008

Bryan Stevenson

2007

Jonathan Steele

2006

Taylor Branch

2005

J. Mills Thornton

2004

Patricia Sullivan
Morris Dees

2003

Diane McWhorter
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

2002

Robert Ellis Smith
David Risser

2001

Blanche Weisen Cook

2000

Congressman John Lewis

1999

Geoffrey Cowan

1998

Wayne Flynt
Patricia Sullivan

1997

Studs Terkel
Charles Morgan Jr.

1996

John Kenneth Galbraith
Johnnie Rebecca Carr

1995

John Doar
Ray Jenkins
Burke Marshall
George Washington Carver Richardson Jr.

1994

Art Buchwald

1993

Hugo Black Jr.
Sheldon Hackney

1992

Lady Bird Johnson
Fred Gray
Tom Jonson