Morris Dees, Prosecutor of Hate Groups, Keynotes 27th Isaac Symposium

Social entrepreneur, philanthropist Mallory Brown, ’08, to open April 20-21 event


March 29, 2016

Dees co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971.

Trial attorney Morris Dees shares the legal strategies and moral imperative that crippled some of America's most notorious hate groups, as he presents the 2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel.

Dees' talk will serve as the conclusion of the 27th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, which opens Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Center's Towsley Hall with the Alumni Lecture, to be given this year by Mallory Brown, '08.

Dees is co-founder and current chief trial attorney for the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which for 45 years has played a key role in shaping, defining and enforcing civil rights legislation. Dees built a fearsome reputation for innovative lawsuits that crippled some of America’s most notorious hate groups. One of Dees' victories bankrupted the Aryan Nations, and he has won multimillion-dollar judgments against the California-based White Aryan Resistance, the Carolina Klan, the United Klans of America and others. He was the subject of a 1991 NBC television movie, Line of Fire, and was portrayed by Wayne Rogers in the 1996 feature film Ghosts of Mississippi.

Brown during a trip in Ethiopia for World Clothes Line.

Mallory Brown, '08, is the founder and co-founder of two organizations that blend philanthropy with business, World Clothes Line and Chefs4Kids. Through a third company, TravelMal, Brown (right) assists businesses wishing to create their own philanthropic projects. Working for the philanthropic crowdsourcing website CrowdRise, Brown has raised more than $80,000 with six different countries for six different causes. Her work has been featured by NBC's Today show, The New York Times, Crain's Detroit Business and The Huffington Post. She received the College's Young Alumni Award in 2011.

From 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, more than 130 Albion students will present research papers and other scholarship during the Isaac Student Research Symposium. The Symposium honors alumnus Elkin "Ike" Isaac, '48, who served Albion for 25 years as a coach, professor and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director for the University of the Pacific. The Symposium was established in 1991 by Isaac's former students and team members.

The day's events also include the Honors Convocation, an annual recognition of outstanding students in academic departments, programs and academic honorary societies across the College, at 10:45 a.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

All Symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, please visit or contact Symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at 517/629-0382 or .