19th Annual
President and Provost's
Diversity Lecture & Cultural Arts Series

President Michael V. Drake and Provost Bruce McPheron invite you to attend the nineteenth annual Diversity Lecture & Cultural Arts Series at The Ohio State University. This program offers the campus and the Columbus community opportunities to benefit from some of the most eminent scholars, artists, and professionals who discuss and exemplify inclusive excellence through diversity.


Morris Dees
Southern Poverty Law Center

Morris DeesAuthor, Journalist, Lawyer, Civil Rights Activist

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
5 p.m. | Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
The Ohio State University
Fawcett Conference Center | Auditorium
2400 Olentangy River Road | Columbus, OH 43210

Free and open to the public

Space is limited and RSVP is required

RSVP by March 27th at: http://go.osu.edu/MDees

Presented in collaboration with the Division of Police, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Moritz College of Law.


In 1971, Attorney Morris Dees, along with fellow attorney Joseph J. Levin Jr. and civil rights activist Julian Bond, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center. Based in Montgomery, the not-for-profit agency was formed to “combat hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.” While at the SPLC, Dees worked on a strategy of filing civil suits against hate groups, claiming damages for the violence incited by these groups. One high-profile case where he applied this strategy was the 1981 lynching of Michael Donald, a crime committed by three Klan members. With the assistance of Dees and the SPLC, Donald's mother was awarded a $7 million settlement from the United Klans of America, bankrupting the group.

Dees' has authored an autobiography,A Lawyer's Journey: The Morris Dees Story (retitled 2001); Hate on Trial: The Case Against America's Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi (1993); and Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat (1996). He was also the subject of a made-for-television movie, Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (1991).

Over the years, Attorney Dees handled many sensitive cases, but that has not kept him from his investigative activity throughout the United States. In 2012, Dees was awarded the American Bar Association’s ABA Medal for his dedication to the pursuit of tolerance, justice and equality with accompanying threats.

For more information contact:
Colby A. Taylor, Program Manager
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
(614) 292-1417

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