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The A. J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series began in 1985 to celebrate the life and accomplishments of pacifist, labor leader, and Hope College alumnus, Abraham Johannes Muste (1885-1967). Those who’ve spoken at the annual lecture series not only sought to commemorate the impact that Muste’s unwavering commitment to pacifism had on his contemporaries, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., but also to inspire current generations to strive for peaceful solutions to the world’s conflicts. Throughout the course of the lecture series, speakers have included: Jo Ann Robinson, 1985; Richard Deats, 1986; Keith Taylor, 1987; Priscilla G. Inkpen, 1988; Jim Forest, 1988; Glen Pontier, 1989; Daniel Padnos, 1991; Noluthando Zonke Mgqamqu, 1992; Katherine D. Raley, 1993; Tom O’Brien, 1994; Kay D. Perry, 1996; Daniel Berrigan, 1997; Mel White, 1998-1999; Colman McCarthy, 1999-2000; Norman Kansfield, 2000; Father Roy Bourgeois, 2000; Colman McCarthy, 2002; Anthony Bing, 2003; Eileen Lindner, 2004-2005; Jallaa’ Abdelwahab, 2005; Thomas Arendshorst, 2007; Donald Cronkite, 2008; David Gushee, 2008-2009; Adam Erickson, 2010-2011; Fred Merchant, 2011-2012; Glen Stassen, 2012; David Cortright, 2013-2014; Vern Neufeld, 2014-2015; John Kleinheksel, John D. Paarlberg, Paul H. Verduin, 2015-2016; Robert C. Johansen, 2016-2017; Leilah Danielson, 2018; Mary E. Neznek, 2019; George A. Lopez, 2019. Lecturers are selected by the A. J. Muste Memorial Committee. The records of the A. J. Muste Lecture Series include the A. J. Muste Memorial Committee (minutes, correspondence, and speaker suggestions), correspondence with John M. Muste and various men and women interested in the lecture series, and plans for the 1988 Muste conference and the 1994 lecture. Speaker information includes correspondence, speeches, and biographical information on the majority of the lecturers, photographs, and video and audio recordings of some of the speeches. There is also a litany from a speech presented in 2005.


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