Campbell Lecture Series

Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lectures
on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience

Eve L. Ewing, PhD

Associate Professor of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity
University Of Chicago

"Original Sins: The [Mis]Education of Black and Native Youth and the Construction of American Racism"

Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lectures on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience

Friday, October 27, 2023

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True Friends of the Children

Cindy and Duncan CampbellDuncan and Cindy Douglass Campbell ’76 have dedicated their lives, their work and their resources to helping vulnerable children. Duncan grew up with adversity, but found the resilience to succeed. As he built a comfortable life, he vowed to help other children. In 1993, he founded Friends of the Children, providing mentors to children as they begin school and sticking with them through high school. Now operating in Portland, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Klamath Falls, New York and Seattle, Friends of the Children matches paid long-term mentors with children to help them become self-confident members of their communities.

Duncan and Cindy created an endowment in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for a lecture series on Childhood Relationships, Risk and ­Resilience that brings noted experts to campus. With the program launch of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, their generous gift of $50,000 created the Cynthia Douglass Campbell and Duncan Campbell Fund for Relationships with At-Risk Children to support the work of faculty in the Center’s Healthy Development for Youth and Young Adults Research Core. A room at the new center is named in their honor.

“We have been very pleased with the use of our prior grant for research and awareness on Relationships with At-Risk Children,” Cindy says. “We were impressed with the quality of the college’s speaker series that focused on the at-risk youth across America. This recent gift was an easy one to make, as we always look for ­opportunities to leverage our money.”


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