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CRCV Presents
Summer Seminar Day 1

The AUM Civil Rights & Civic Virtue Society will host our second Summer Seminar, a special week-long seminar for selected students, faculty, and staff. This workshop is connected to the themes of a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation titled “From Civil Rights to Civic Virtue: Forming Character through Community.” Student participants in this event receive $500 for their participation, which will be paid as a scholarship on their student account. Faculty and staff participants will receive a stipend for their participation.

The Summer Seminar will include visits to important historic sites and museums associated with the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery and Birmingham, structured reflection about these visits, and facilitated conversations on readings about the Civil Rights movement and the civic virtues of Civil Rights participants.

Our seminar speakers will be experts on civil rights, civic virtues, and character education. Our keynote speakers include Dr. Julie Armstrong, known for her work on civil rights literature; Dr. Meena Krishnamurthy, known for her work on civil rights activists; and Dr. Michael Lamb, known for his character education and the role of virtues in public life.

We will select up to 30 student participants for this exciting opportunity. We will fund up to 7 faculty participants and up to 3 staff participants. We hope that faculty and staff will consider applying for this opportunity themselves and in sharing this information with students who might be interested, particularly students who have been at AUM for at least one semester and who have at least two more semesters before graduation.

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Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong

Bio: Julie Buckner Armstrong is a Professor of English at the University of South Florida. She has authored and edited multiple publications on the literature of civil rights and racial justice, including the Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature (Cambridge UP, 2015); Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching (U of Georgia P, 2011); The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation (U of Georgia P, 2009); and, with Susan Hult Edwards, Houston Roberson, and Rhonda Williams, Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song (Routledge, 2002). Her latest book, Learning from Birmingham: A Journey into History and Home, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2023.

Title: “‘We all did it’: Space, Time, Ethics, and a 1963 Church Bombing”
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 25, 9-10:15 a.m.
Place: Goodwyn 109

Abstract: The story is familiar. On September 15, 1963, a bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham killed four Black girls. The following day, as authorities investigated, two white men—local attorney Charles Morgan and Atlanta Constitution editor Eugene Patterson—spoke out about responsibility. Both reached a similar conclusion: the circle of guilt extended to all white Southerners who, through overt actions or silence, emboldened the actual perpetrators. Three men were ultimately convicted in the case (the first in 1977, the last in 2002), leading to pronouncements of “closure.” So what do we do now? This presentation considers the boundaries of responsibility. If the circle of guilt extends outward spatially, does it also continue through time? What debt, for example, is owed to one of those girls’ sister, Sarah Collins Rudolph, who continues to suffer from physical and psychological injuries endured that day? What ethical obligations, more generally, do those of us in the present bear for the past?

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Jun 25 2024


9:00 am - 10:15 am


Goodwyn Hall 109
7400 East Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117


Civil Rights to Civic Virtue (CRCV)

Other Organizers

Experiential Education and Engagement Center (EEEC)
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