Ruth Pauley Lecture Series

The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series offers lectures by renowned thinkers, statesmen, artists, experts, and other noteworthy speakers — at no charge – for all residents of the North Carolina Sandhills.  Lectures are designed to deepen society’s understanding of key issues and encourage public participation in their resolution. Click here for this season’s lectures:

The League of Women Voters of Moore County is proud to be a partner in this effort with Moore County Schools, Sandhills Community College, and AAUW.


RUTH M. PAULEY (1909-1986) moved to Moore County from Washington, DC, in 1978 after retiring from a distinguished career in social work in the US and abroad. Here she continued numerous volunteer activities, including pushing to establish the League of Women Voters of Moore County, of which she was a charter member. In 1982, North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt named her the Volunteer of the Year of Moore County.

After her death in 1986, Dr. Raymond Stone, then-president of Sandhills Community College, and other friends wanted a memorial for Ruth Pauley. The decision was made to honor her by establishing a lecture series under her name.   Since 1987, The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series has been providing residents of the Sandhills and surrounding areas with the opportunity to benefit from a roster of renowned speakers.

An active volunteer Board of Directors plans and oversees lectures, publicity, and fundraising. Each of the 4 supporting Ruth Pauley organizations nominates 3 members to serve 3-year terms on the Board of Directors.  Other community members are also invited to serve on the Board.  All lectures are free and open to all.