Lectures & Events

Durr Lecture Series

Clifford J. and Virginia Foster Durr

Auburn Montgomery proudly hosts the annual Durr Lecture Series on civil liberties in memory of Clifford and Virginia Durr. Clifford J. Durr (1899-1975) was a native Montgomerian who vigorously defended the protections of the U.S. Constitution, particularly the rights of free speech and equal protection of the law. Durr stood by his principles in the face of extreme adversity during the Civil Rights Era. Virginia Durr was a champion for civil rights. She was a member of the NAACP and a longtime friend of Rosa Parks, accompanying her home from jail the night of her arrest. 

Dixie Redux:  A Symposium in Honor of Sheldon Hackney

Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.
Auburn Montgomery, Taylor Center 230

Free and open to the public


Dr. Raymond Arsenault
(University of Southern Florida): The Montgomery Bus Boycott and American Politics

Dr. Orville Vernon Burton  (Clemson University and AUM Weil Fellow): Voting Rights Then and Now

Dr. Steve Hahn (University of Pennsylvania): Did the Civil War Matter?

Dr. Patricia Sullivan (University of South Carolina):  Reflections on the Correspondence of Sheldon Hackney and C. Vann Woodward

Moderated by Dr. Keith Krawczynski (Auburn University Montgomery)

2014 Durr Lecture

Dr. Steve Hahn, Pulitzer Prize winning historian 

Title: How Long WAS the Civil Rights Movement?

Monday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Auburn Montgomery, Taylor Center 230
Free public reception to follow

Steven Hahn received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a specialist on history of 19th-century America, African-American history, the history of the American South, and the international history of slavery and emancipation. He is the author of The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890, which received both the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians In 2004, Hahn's book A Nation Under our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration received the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize in American History, and the Merle Curti Prize in Social History of the Organization of American Historians. In 2007, he delivered the Nathan I. Huggins Lectures at Harvard University, which were subsequently published as The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom