Class of 1956 Donald S. Russell Lectureship for South Carolina Political Collections
The Donald S. Russell Lecture is the signature event hosted by South Carolina Political Collections. Typically presented during February, the lecture brings to Hollings Library major figures drawn from government and the scholarly community to reflect on major issues shaping modern society.
This lectureship was established by generous members of the Class of 1956 to honor former University of South Carolina president, governor, United States senator, and federal judge Donald S. Russell. The Russell papers form a key South Carolina Political Collections holding.
Donald Russell (1906-1998) graduated from USC in 1925 and earned his law degree in 1928. He served as the University’s president from 1952 to 1957 and is recognized for the great successes achieved during his service. He went on to serve as a governor of South Carolina, a United States senator, and as both a United States Circuit Court and District Court judge.
David Horton Wilkins, public servant, attorney and former Ambassador to Canada was the guest speaker for the 2017 Donald S. Russell Lecture. He was introduced by The Honorable John W. Kittredge, Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Donald S. Russell Speakers
2016 Russell Lecture –The Honorable Jean H. Toal
2017 Russell Lecture –The Honorable David H. Wilkins
USC President Donald S. Russell
The Russell Collection of over twenty feet of material, 1929-1998, documents Russell's service at the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1943-1944, and as Deputy Director, 1945; Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, 1945-1947; President of the University of South Carolina, 1952-1957; Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965; and United States Senator, 1965-1966. The bulk of these materials concern his Senate service.
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