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AUM Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society hosts second annual Summer Seminar

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AUM students, faculty, staff and local residents visit the Legacy Museum for the first CRCV Summer Seminar.

Five visiting professors will speak on civil rights, civic virtue, and character education at the Auburn University at Montgomery Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society’s (CRCV) second annual Summer Seminar June 24-28.

The CRCV’s summer seminar was created to increase the understanding of civil rights history, deepen the knowledge of civic virtue, and cultivate civic engagement among students, faculty, staff and Montgomery residents. The workshop is held on AUM’s campus located in Montgomery, birthplace of the civil rights movement.

Julie Buckner Armstrong
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Meena Krishnamurthy
Michael Lamb wearing a suit and tie
Michael Lamb

“Through this intensive summer seminar, participants will gain a greater understanding of our local civil rights history and be able to reflect on its importance,” said AUM Department of Philosophy Chair and Professor Aaron D. Cobb, who serves as CRCV’s project director. “We also hope that the AUM community and members of the public will walk away from workshop events with a shared commitment to serve their community.”

As part of the seminar, all speaker presentations are open to the public. The following speaker presentations will be held June 25-26 in Goodwyn Hall 109:

Tuesday, June 25

  • 9 a.m. | Julie Buckner Armstrong, professor of English at the University of South Florida

Wednesday, June 26

  • 9 a.m. | Meena Krishnamurthy, associate professor of philosophy at Queen’s University (Canada)
  • Kevin Timpe
    Kevin Timpe
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    Daniel Henry

    10:30 a.m. | Michael Lamb, F.M. Kirby Foundation Chair of Leadership and Character, executive director of the Program for Leadership and Character, and associate professor of interdisciplinary humanities at Wake Forest University

Two CRCV scholars will present talks on Thursday, June 27 in Goodwyn Hall 109 at:

  • 10:30 a.m. | Daniel Henry, assistant teaching professor in the Department of African American Studies and The Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University
  • 1 p.m. | Kevin Timpe, William H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy and professor of philosophy at Calvin University

During the weeklong event, AUM seminar participants will visit museums and important historic sites such as Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church associated with the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Birmingham. The seminar will feature structured reflection about these visits and facilitated conversations on readings about the civil rights movement. Additionally, participants will volunteer at Montgomery’s Mercy House/Mission About People.

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CRCV Summer Seminar participants visiting the Selma Bridge.

AUM students and employees also have an opportunity to earn scholarships and stipends as part of the CRCV Summer Seminar.

Student participants will receive $500 for their participation, which will be paid as a scholarship on their student account in Fall 2024. Faculty and staff participants will receive a stipend for their participation. The CRCV has selected 24 student, nine faculty, and four staff participants.

The CRCV Summer Seminar is supported by a John Templeton Foundation grant, which connects to themes within the framework of “From Civil Rights to Civic Virtue: Forming Character Through Community.”

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