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. 

2015 Durr Lecture at Auburn University Montgomery

Paul K. Chappell

Why Peace Is Possible: Exploring the Anatomy of Violence and War

Sunday, March 29
530 PM
Taylor Center 230
Free public reception to follow

Paul K. Chappell 
graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?The End of WarPeaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace.

Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Leadership, including a graduate-level course at the University of San Diego.

He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope.