The Crown Lecture in Ethics, named for benefactor Lester Crown, was established to bring speakers to Duke to discuss ethical concerns in the arts, sciences, medicine, business and other fields. Crown is an enterprising businessman and active civic leader, the chairman of the board of Material Service Corp., and president of Henry Crown and Co.

2012-2013 Crown Lecture in Ethics

Marian Wright Edelman
Getting Everyone On Board -- Our Obligation to Children in Poverty

October 25th, 2012, 5:30 pm

Fleishman Commons

Event Details

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. As Crown Lecturer in Ethics, she will discuss income disparity and the state of America's poor children.

A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in 1973 began the Children's Defense Fund.

In 2000, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Her most recent book is called "The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation."

The Crown Lecture in Ethics 2012 is co-sponsored by the Sulzberger Family Fund of the Center for Child and Family Policy.

Previous Crown Lecturers in Ethics include:

Bill Bradley, Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer, human-rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Howard Gardner, Harvard professor and co-founder of the GoodWork Project Howard

Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan Humanitarian portrayed in film Hotel Rwanda

Rebecca Skloot, Bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize-winner , recognized for her work on land mines

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