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History Repeats Itself

In May of 1959, The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. brought his struggle for civil rights to Hartford, delivering a speech at Bushnell Memorial Hall as part of the University of Hartford's Alexander S. Keller Memorial Fund Lecture Series. The Lecture Series would go on to endure for 18 years. The issues of the time and the subject matter that the Keller Lecture Series would cover bare striking similarities to current events.

Keller and Dorothy Goodwin students

These remarkable parallels have now been showcased by two LEAD students, Valerie Remy ’19 and Kayla Starkey ’17. The students are Dorothy Goodwin Scholars who are working alongside faculty advisor, Stacy W. Maddern, Adjunct Instructor of History and Political Science, on a project to develop a vehicle to bring the extraordinary lectures and performances of the Keller Lecture Series to life. The students are also being mentored by University President, Walter Harrison and Alexander S. Keller’s sons, Tony and Robert, as well as Robert Sean Parke, University Archivist. The ultimate goal is to create an accessible archive for 18 years of the Keller Lecture Series that makes a living presence of its lectures and performances.

Learn more about how these students are make a living presence of lectures, convocations and performances given a half century ago by eminent scholars, writers, critics, diplomats, artists and scientists who are no longer with us.