Endowed Lecture and Arts Series

Mr. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the book, “Just Mercy,” served as the inaugural speaker in the Marsha and Tom Moore Endowed Distinguished Lectureship on Equity, Justice, and Peace in September 2022.

Huntingdon College offers five lecture and performing arts series established through endowment contributions made by generous College benefactors. The following lectureships and performing arts series have featured dozens of well-known speakers, writers, and performers.

The Chapman Benson Lecture Series

2023, April 13Dr. Tim TysonCivil rights historian and writer Dr. Tim Tyson, senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, adjunct professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina; author of “The Blood of Emmett Till” and “Blood Done Sign My Name,” among other volumes. The Chapman-Benson and Ellison Lectureships combined for this event.
2020, September 3Dr. Brent Strawn“Lies My Preacher Told Me: An Honest Look at the Old Testament”, Prof. of Old Testament Studies at Duke University
2019, January 6Dr. Paul ChilcoteAsbury Theological Seminary
2015, March 2Dr. Ellen Davis, “The Things that Make for Peace: Inter-religious Theological Conversation”Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School
2005, May 1Dr. Harold W. Attridge, “Truth or Fiction in the Da Vinci Code” (event combined with Stallworth Lecture)Dean of Yale Divinity School
2004, March 4Dr. Keith Meador, “Spirituality and Health in a Therapeutic Culture”Professor, Duke Divinity School
Dr. Brent Straw

Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series

The Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series was endowed in memory of his late wife by Mr. Ben F. Cheek III and his children in 2001. The series has served as a lasting tribute to the former Elizabeth Belcher, who attended Huntingdon College from 1955 through 1957 and then completed her degree at Emory University, where she met her husband.

Beautiful music gave Elizabeth great joy—especially beautiful piano music—so the family purchased for the College a Steinway grand piano, upon which each of the pianists in the series has performed.

Anderson & Roe
2016, November 17Anderson & Roe
2016, April 5Vadim Serebryany with Delyana Lazarova (Violin), Natalie Helm (Cello), and Zakaria Enikeev (Viola)
2015, April 29Vadim Serebryany
2014, September 22American String Quartet and Vadim Serebryany
2014, March 3Thomas Pandolfi
2013, October 24Dennis Herrick and Vadim Serebryany, “Stolen Music”
2013, April 16Vadim Serebryany, with members of the Montgomery Symphony
2013, March 12Dennis Herrick, “Trumpet, et al”
2012, October 2The Cavell Trio, Shelly Megginson, oboe; Jenny Mann, bassoon; Osiris Molina, clarinet
2012, September 20Vadim Serebryany and Dennis Herrick, “Brought to You by the Letter P,” featuring the works of Alexandra Pakhmutova, Anthony Plog, Amilcare Ponchielli, and Henry Purcell
2012, March 15Dennis Herrick and Alabama State University faculty musicians
2012, January 22Vadim Serebryany with Trio +, Yosuke Kawasaki, Wolfram Koessel, Osiris Molina
2011, November 29Vadim Serebryany
2011, September 22Dennis Herrick, Vadim Serebryany
2011, April 19Vadim Serebryany
2011, March 17Dennis Herrick, Vadim Serebryany, Carly Johnson, Brenda Luchsinger; Doug Bristol (Trumpet et al)
2011, March 8Pedro Luis Mayor, Matthew DeVine, Rob Alley; jazz renditions of favorite hymns
2011, January 17Trio +
2010, December 5Vadim Serebryany, Beethoven’s Diabelli Series
2010, April 20Evgeni Bozhanov, 13th Van Cliburn competition gold medalist
2010, March 14Vadim Serebryany with Tiffany Nishibun ’04, “Music and Memory: Works by Betthoven and Schumann”
2010, February 7Dennis Herrick, Vadim Serebryany, “Trumpet et al” with Carly Johnson, Liana Fourdija, Dan Totan, Barbara Blummers, Dawn Heese, and soprano Tiffany Nishibun ’04
2009, November 15Vadim Serebryany, “Lateness in Music”
2009, September 15Dennis Herrick and Vadim Serebryany, trumpet concertos from Russia, Germany, and France
2009, April 2Vadim Serebryany with Dennis Herrick
2009, February 22Vadim Serebryany with Trio +
2008, April 20Alexander Kobrin, 12th Van Cliburn Gold Medalist
2007, March 11Roberto Plano
2007, January 21Christopher Thompson, violin, and Michael Gurt, piano
2006, April 30Sa Chen, 2005 Van Cliburn Crystal Award Winner
2005, April 17Stanislov Ioudenitch, 2001 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist
2004, March 16Maxim Philippov, 2001 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist
2003, April 29Yakov Kasman, 1997 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist
2003, February 25The Blair String Quartet with Dr. Ronald Shinn

Dr. Rhoda Coleman Ellison Lecture Series

In 1964, Dr. Rhoda Coleman Ellison, then chair of the English Department, endowed a fund to bring creative writers of regional and national distinction to Huntingdon College. Ellison lecturers meet with students, conduct workshops, and give public readings. Huntingdon College remains grateful for Dr. Ellison’s generous gift, which makes this program possible.

Date: Author: Writings:
2023, April 13 Dr. Tim Tyson Civil rights historian and writer Dr. Tim Tyson, senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, adjunct professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina; author of “The Blood of Emmett Till” and “Blood Done Sign My Name,” among other volumes. The Chapman-Benson and Ellison Lectureships combined for this event.
2022, March 9 (Virtual) Jerry Craft Graphic novelist, author of “New Kid” and “Class Act”
2021, February 24 (Virtual) Ashley Jones Poet, “Magic City Gospel,” “REPARATIONS NOW!” and “dark // thing;” later named Poet Laureate for the state of Alabama
2019, September 26 Amy Gentry “Finding the Body: On Motherhood and Crime Writing in a Post #MeToo World”; author of suspense novels, “Good as Gone,” and “Last Woman Standing”
2018, February 22 Frank X. Walker Poet, first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate; author of 11 collections of poetry
2017, February 16 Jen Bervin Poet and interdisciplinary artist, author of “Sweet Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems,” “Silk Poems,” and “Nets,” among many other works
2016, April 20 Katherine Clark Novelist: “The Headmaster’s Darlings,” “All the Governor’s Men,” “The Harvard Bride,” “The Ex-Suicide;” biographer: “Milking the Moon” (with Eugene Walter), “My Exaggerated Life,” (with Pat Conroy), and “Motherwit,” with Onnie Lee Logan (the Loeb Lecture and the Ellison Lecture were combined for this event.)
2015, April 9 Jennifer Horne Short story collections exploring Southern women’s identity, “Tell the World You’re a Wildflower,” “Bottle Tree,” and “Working the Dirt”
2013, April 7 Nancy Huddleston Packer Author of numerous volumes, including the nonfiction, “Writing Worth Reading,” and “In My Father’s House: Tales of an Unconformable Man;” short story collections, “Old Ladies: Stories,” “The Women Who Walk,” and “Jealous-Hearted Me” (the Loeb Lecture and the Ellison Lecture were combined for this event.)
2012, October 4 Brian Turner Poet, “Here, Bullet” and “Phantom Noise”
2011, October 20 Richard Tillinghast Author of eight poetry collections and three works of nonfiction, including “Sewanee Poems”; “Finding Ireland”’ “The Stonecutter’s Hand”
2010, September 20 Joan McBreen Irish poet; “The Wind Beyond the Wall”; “A Walled Garden in Moylough;” “Winter in the Eye – New and Selected Poems;” Heather Island”
2010, February 18 Brad Watson “Last Days of the Dog-Men;” “Heaven of Mercury;” and “Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives”
2008, November 6 Trudier Harris American literary historian/scholar; co-editor of “The Oxford Companion to African American Literature,” “Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition,” and “The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology,” and
2008, February 28 Mark Childress Novelist, “A World Made of Fire;” “V For Victor;” “Tender;” Crazy in Alabama;” “Gone for Good;” and “One Mississipp.”
2006, November 2 Natasha Trethewey Poet, “Native Guard”; “Domestic Work”; “Bellocq’s Ophelia” (2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2013)
2005, November 3 Tom Franklin Author of the novels “Poachers” and “Hell at The Breech”
2004, November 11 Honoree Jeffers & Hank Lazer, “The Other South” Poets/educators
2003, November 13 Andrew Hudgins (Huntingdon Class of 1973), Joel Brouwer, Jim Murphy, Juliana Vice Poets/educators
2003, May 6 William Least Heat-Moon American travel writer and historian, “Blue Highways,” “PrairieErth,” and “River Horse”
2002, February 13 Dr. Mable Massey (Mab) Segrest (Huntingdon Class of 1971) Feminist and anti-racist writer, “Memoir of a Race Traitor” and numerous other writings
2000, April 27 Thomas Rabbitt Poet, “Enemies of the State”; “Exile”
1998, October 23 Eavan Boland Poet, “The Lost Land: The Poetry of Eavan Boland”
1997, November 5 Joy Harjo Poet, “The Woman Who Fell from The Sky”
1990* Andrew Hudgins ’73 Poet, author of numerous volumes of poetry
1986* Jane Smiley Novelist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992
1980* Andrew Hudgins ’73 Poet, author of numerous volumes of poetry
1979* Donald Hall Author of more than 50 books, including children’s literature, poetry, biography, memoir, and essays; 2006 U.S. Poet Laureate
1978* James Seay Poet
1977* Donald Justice Poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1980
1976* Wilma Dykeman American writer of fiction and nonfiction whose works chronicled the people and culture of Appalachia
1975* Wendell Berry Novelist, poet, essayist; winner of the National Humanities Medal in 2010
*Years estimated
Jerry Craft

The Marsha and Tom Moore Endowed Distinguished Lectureship on Equity, Justice, and Peace

Mr. Bryan Stevenson

Huntingdon College held the inaugural event of the Marsha and Tom Moore Endowed Distinguished Lectureship on Equity, Justice, and Peace, Monday, September 26, 2022. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the book, “Just Mercy,” was the lecture series’ first speaker. Mr. Stevenson led the creation of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. He is a professor of law at New York University School of Law.

“I think the level of prestige this series will hold is evident by the naming of the first speaker,” said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. “Bryan Stevenson is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today, and I believe it is fair to say no one has had a more transformational influence in the city of Montgomery or in the higher conversation regarding equity, peace, and justice initiatives during the past 20 years than Bryan Stevenson.”

Mr. Stevenson spoke to a standing-room only crowd of Huntingdon students, faculty, staff, and trustees in the College’s Ligon Chapel. In his book, “Just Mercy,” Mr. Stevenson writes, “… there is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy.” During the lecture he urged listeners to become proximate with populations who are marginalized and who are frequently the victims of injustice and inequity; to change the narrative of how race and socioeconomic disadvantage are discussed; to venture into the uncomfortable because doing so develops empathy and understanding; to hold fast to hope that a better world will emerge; and to love those who might be looked upon as “others.”  

Marsha ’74 and Tom Moore ’73

The speaker series, to be offered every other year, was established by Dr. Tom Moore, Huntingdon Class of 1973, and his wife, Marsha Kirk Moore, Huntingdon Class of 1974. Both say they were led to establish the lectureship at Huntingdon because they met and fell in love at the College, and they are both deeply interested in peace, justice, and equity issues.

Dr. Moore is the retired chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he served for nearly a decade, capping an academic career that spanned more than 40 years. Following completion of a doctorate in inorganic chemistry at the University of South Carolina, he joined the faculty at Georgia Southern College as assistant professor of chemistry, then moved to Birmingham-Southern College where he was an assistant and then associate professor and later became director of the Honors Program. He joined Winthrop University in 1986 as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, then rose to the directorship of the Master of Liberal Arts program, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. He was named to the USC-Upstate chancellorship in 2011.

Marsha K. Moore has been heavily involved in the Spartanburg community through affiliation with non-profit organizations, including her church choir, Business and Professional Women, as chairperson of Women Giving for Spartanburg, and as chair of the development committee for Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. She serves on the board for Mobile Meals, for which she runs a route delivering meals to those in need; and on the board of Women United, affiliated with the United Way. She formerly served on the board of visitors for Converse University.

The Stallworth Lectureship in the Liberal Arts

The Stallworth Lectureship in the Liberal Arts was established in 1985 by Mary Elizabeth Stallworth of Beatrice, Alabama, in honor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McCreary Stallworth, and her brother, John Morris Stallworth. The endowment provides funding for a series of visiting lecturers and scholars.

Mr. Rick Perlstein
2022, October 17Best-selling author Eric S. (Rick) Perlstein and Dr. Marcus Witcher, assistant professor of history at Huntingdon College, “Ronald Reagan and the Evolution of Conservatism, 1964–2022.”  Mr. Perlstein is the author of “Before the Storm,” “Nixonland,” “The Invisible Bridge,” and “Reaganland,” among other books. Dr. Witcher is the co-author of “Black Liberation through the Marketplace” and author of “Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism.”
2022, March 1J. Christopher Flowers, C.E.O., J.C. Flowers & Co.; Founder, J.C. Flowers Foundation; great grandson of John Jefferson Flowers, for whom Flowers Hall is named
2021, March 25Catherine Coleman Flowers, “Sanitation Equity: Bridging the Divide,” author of “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret”
2018, May 5Dr. Ronald C. White Jr. (second appearance), “An Inadmissible Question,” author of “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant,” “Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us about Our Greatest President,” and “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” among other books. (The Stallworth Lectureship was combined with the Commencement Address.)
2017, May 6Kristen Soltis Anderson, “Civic Engagement: Millennial Power in a Boomer Nation,” author of “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America,” and commentator for various news agencies. (The Stallworth Lectureship was combined with the Commencement Address.)
2016, February 25Dr. Grant Wacker, “Billy Graham and American Politics,” author of “America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation”
2014, October 28Masha Hamilton, reporter, author, journalist; author of “The Camel Bookmobile: A Novel,” “31 Hours,” and “The Distance Between Us,” among other books
2012, March 01Dr. John M. McCardell Jr., American historian and president emeritus, University of the South
2011, March 15Andrew J. Bacevich, diplomatic and military historian and author, “The Limits of Power”
2009, October 06Dr. Ronald C. White Jr., New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times author “A. Lincoln:  A Biography;” program title “Abraham Lincoln’s Sermon on the Mount: The Second Inaugural Address”
2008, September 23Jan Crawford Greenburg, ABC News legal correspondent and author, “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court”
2007, October 2Novelist Elizabeth Spencer, 2007 PEN/Malamud Award winner, “Readings on the Human Spirit”
2007, February 22Doug Marlette, novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, “Free Speech in a Politically Correct Age”
2006, February 28Dr. Carlos Eire, author “Waiting for Snow in Havana” (winner of the 2003 National Book Award), “Is Freedom a Luxury? Confessions of a Cuban Boy”
2005, May 1Dr. Harold Attridge, “Truth or Fiction in the Da Vinci Code” (event combined with the Chapman Benson Lecture), Dean of Yale Divinity School
2005, February 17Dr. Paul Sereno, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, “Dinosaurs on Drifting Continents”
2004, February 13The Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean, Duke Divinity School
2004, January 22Dr. Dan Carter, Educational Foundation Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, author six works on politics, history, and the American South
2003, January 30Janet Reno, America’s first female attorney general, “A Conversation with Janet Reno”
2002, March 12Dr. Martin Marty, one of America’s foremost theologians and religious historians, “Fundamentalism:  Around the World, Down the Block, and Dividing Our Minds”
2000, October 2John Updike, author and Pulitzer Prize winner
1999, April 8Dee Dee Myers, political editor of “Vanity Fair,” former White House Press Secretary
1997, April 7Peter Schickele, renowned composer, musician, and satirist–creator of PDQ Bach, “A Musician’s Life”
1996, April 22Jane Goodall, British ethologist and writer, author of “My Life with the Chimpanzees” and numerous other works
1995, February 6Donald Johanson, American paleoanthropoligist who discovered “Lucy,” author of “Lucy: The Beginning of Humankind”
1994, November 17-18Dr. John Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, technical advisor for the movie Jurassic Park,Concentration of Research on Dinosaurs”
1992, November 19Karl Haas, pianist, conductor and host of National Public Radio’s classical music program, “Adventures in Good Music”
1989Dr. Dan Carter, historian and author (Southern history), “Making Moral Choices in the ’80s – Reflections on the 60s;” “The South and the Constitution – States Rights’ Last Stand”
1987, November 23-24Dr. Neville Richardson of South Africa’s University of Natal, “South Africa’s Cry and the World’s Response”
1987, March 29-31

Symposium: “Hope and Responsibility in a Nuclear Age.”  Three speakers:  Dr. Harvey H. Potthoff, Dr. Charles R. Chappell and Col. Daniel W. Wodstrchill

**Back of brochure reads, in part:

“…This academic year the college presents its first full program of four speakers, offering a variety of knowledge.  Their expertise ranges from the literary world to health and fitness.  They include David McCullough, author and television personality; Dr. Sharon Plowman, health and fitness authority; Clyde Edgerton, best-selling author; and Dr. Harvey Potthoff, theologian and author.”

1986, November 20David McCullough, author, popular lecturer, teacher and television host of “Smithsonian World.”

1986, December 5


Dr. Sharon Ann Plowman, Professor in the Department of Physical Education at Northern Illinois University, noted author on health and fitness.

1986, March 30


Dr. Harvey H. Potthoff, leading United Methodist contemporary theologian, “The Quest for a Believable Theology in a Nuclear Age.”
1986, April 22Clyde Edgerton, American novelist and short story writer, “Writing as a Craft”
1985, October –FIRST LECTURE–Thomas Anderson Langford of Duke University
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