Media Advisory Rsvp Required: Morris Dees Media Question-And-Answer Period and Keynote Address

WHAT:     Media question-and-answer opportunity with Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, before his keynote address at Colorado State University’s Diversity Conference. Media may also attend his keynote address following the question and answer period.


WHERE:      Media question and answer period beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Lory Student Center, and his keynote address. Dees will deliver a keynote address, "With Justice for All," from 7-9 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Media must pre-register and must check in at the information desk on the second floor of the student center for either event.

DETAILS:     All media is required to RSVP by noon, Thursday, Sept. 22. Because of security requirements, REPORTERS WHO DO NOT RSVP BY DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

     To RSVP, please send an email to In the body of the email, include the following information:

–     Name of media outlet;

–     Phone numbers for attendees;

–     Email addresses for attendees;

–     Website address of outlet;

–     Names of all reporters and camera crew members attending;

–     Names of executive producer and station manager for broadcast media, and publisher and news editor for print media;

–     Name of immediate supervisor and his or her phone number and email address;

–     Press credentials;

–     Physical address of outlet;

–     Events requesting to attend (pre-keynote question and answer period, speech or both);

–     Multiple outlet box needs.

Dees, an attorney, founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971 in Montgomery, Ala., with Joe Levin. Originally a small law office committed to equal rights issues, the non-profit center today is known internationally for tolerance education, legal victories against white supremacist groups and tracking hate groups. Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center helped implement the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as well as establish desegregation of recreational facilities, reapportionment of the Alabama legislature and integration of Alabama State Troopers. In the 1970s and 1980s, cases led by Dee and Levin won equal benefits for women in the armed forces, ended involuntary sterilization of women on welfare and reformed prison and mental health conditions. In 1991, the center launched Teaching Tolerance, a program that provides teachers with free classroom materials on tolerance and diversity.  

A book-signing will follow Dees’ address in the Duhesa Lounge.

Dees’ lecture is sponsored by the Monfort Professor-in-Residence program.