Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus in the department of history at Auburn University, is the author of eleven books, and one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history, politics, and religion. His latest, published in 2017, is Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee. He has also published his memoir Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, in which he writes about his experiences in the Civil Rights movement.
Sheffield Hale is president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center in 2012 he served as chief counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and was a partner practicing corporate law in the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Hale serves as a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, Fox Theatre, Inc., the Buckhead Coalition, the Midtown Alliance, and Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a past chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta History Center, St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc., and the State of Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission. Hale received his B.A. in history from the University of Georgia summa cum laude in 1982, and received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
The April 25 event will begin at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Russell Special Collections Libraries, and is presented by the Willson Center, the University of Georgia Press, and the University of Georgia Libraries.