All lectures this season will be held virtually and live streamed through this website and the Ruth Pauley Facebook page at @RuthPauleyLectureSeries. Check back on this page for details on each lecture as they are made available.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Leon Panetta

Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy and former Secretary of Defense

Dr. Panetta discusses the challenges of leadership in our times, and answers questions from Dr. John Dempsey, President of Sandhills Community College.


Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Leonard Rogoff
Research Historian, Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina and author of Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South

"Gertrude Weil: Southern Lady, New Woman and Jewish Activist"
As the leader of North Carolina's campaign for woman suffrage, Gertrude Weil was in the forefront of causes from public health, economic justice, racial equality and disarmament.



Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Bob Phillips
Director of N.C. Common Cause

Creating an inclusive democracy that works for everyone, and ensuring a diverse, accessible, and accountable government.


Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Linda Carrier
Uber Marathon Runner

"Seven Marathons, Seven Days, on Seven Continents"

Despite having Type 1 diabetes, Linda Carrier ran one World Marathon Challenge -- 183 miles in 168 hours. And she's about to do it again!


Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Bob Inglis
Republican Congressman Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of, a growing group of conservatives concerned about climate change.


"A Free Enterprise Solution to Climate Change"
Inglis served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., from 1993 to 1999 and 2005 to 2011.  After leaving Congress,  Inglis founded at George Mason University to promote responsible free enterprise action on climate change.   

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Dirk Philipsen

Associate Research Professor of Economic History, Duke University

"Un-Caring Growth and the Promise of Collective Wellbeing"
As a political economist and historian, ethicist and wellbeing economics advocate, Dr. Philipsen discusses how we can re-think and re-build modern societies in the direction of human wellbeing as a result of converging crises such as climate change, racism and inequality.

Summer 2021
Patrick Dougherty, natural element artist