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Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture Series was established by the School of Law in 1992 to honor founding Dean Hiram H. Lesar, whose many personal and professional concerns included an interest in civil rights.

In 1999, Dean Lesar was posthumously awarded the Founders' Medal by the School of Law for his leadership, integrity, and the vital role he played in establishing the Southern IllinoisUniversity School of Law.

Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy

The Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy was established thorugh a gift form Emma K. (Katy) Simonds, a longtime supporter of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the southern Illinois region. The funds upportsw a lecture, sympoisum or debate each year on a topic of current or recurring public interest, which explores common sense solutions to issues related to the common good by applying the principles of limited government, popular sovereignty, personal liberty, persoanl responsibility and federalism.