Lecture Series

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       Dear Reader,

        We are deeply grateful for you interest in furthering the legacy of L. Neil Williams, Jr. He always shared his enthusiasm and skills for the betterment of our civic life together.

       Please watch for the video to be posted from the most recent program on November 13, 2018, sponsored by artsatl.com.  See how four Atlantans talked about the positive future for the movie industry in our city. 

       Note, too, that this website will close at the end of December, 2018.  NeilAsks will become part of the programming and advocacy of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, cfgreateratlanta.org.  All the archived videos from previous programs will be found on that website.

       Thank you most sincerely for your past and ongoing interest in the programs of NeilAsks.  Keep asking questions and discerning how and where you can make a positive impact in our community. 

        Sue S. Williams
        Founder of NeilAsks


NeilAsks.org extends the legacy of L. Neil Williams Jr., an Atlanta-based leader in the fields of law, education and the arts. We seek to honor his example of asking important questions, listening to disparate views, and inspiring others to ask the questions that would guide us toward greater understanding, innovation, service, and hope.


 "In the end, I would like to thank you again for engaging me in Neil Asks, which leads me in understanding and thinking more deeply about innovative ways of social service.  I believe those values will carry more weight for me in the future, no matter in China, US, or elsewhere."
– Ning Tian, PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering,  Georgia Tech, 2018

"Each symposium so searching and rewarding, each panel so distinctly peopled with a balance of life experiences and perspectives. It's truly a forge at which sparks of inquiry and reflection bend the mind to reshape and reconsider."

– Charlotte Lee, Former SVP, New York Stock Exchange

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– from Nancy Purdon

For help with having a difficult conversation with older relatives, you can check out The Conversation Project begun by Ellen Goodman. (theconversationproject.com).
– from Lyle Ross

“He did change the world for the better in so many arenas and served as a role model and mentor for many of us.”
– William Barnet II 
Trustee, The Duke Endowment 
Former Mayor, Spartanburg, S. C. 

“Daddy loved moments that couldn’t be better and he challenged us all to think about how to improve those that could. We know we are better because of him. And so, because of his example, we reaffirm our commitment to making ourselves and the relationships and institutions around us the very best we can.”
– Daughter Susan S. Williams

Professor and Dean 

​Ohio State University

“Throughout his career Neil Williams enthusiastically demonstrated the curiosity and intellect necessary to address important issues and solve important problems. NeilAsks pays continuing tribute to that same enthusiasm by asking important questions in forums where such curiosity and intellect can join. The result is not only intellectually nourishing, it is great fun of the highest caliber.”
– Michael T. Petrik
Chair, Vasser Woolley Foundation

“NeilAsks allows me to think creatively about important civic/artistic conversations with the best minds across many disciplines in Atlanta and the SouthEast. It is an honor to be a part of the planning committee. “
– Celise Kalke
Director of New Projects, Alliance Theatre

“This was a remarkable presentation.” “I learned so much.” “Jeremy Begbie is amazing.” “He captures and holds the attention of the audience.” “I couldn’t believe how unifying it felt when everyone sang the same note.”
– Attendees at the program at Trinity Presbyterian Church

“The Duke Endowment deserves great credit for organizing and staging a great discussion.”
– Richard Riddell
Vice President and University Secretary, Duke University

“I thoroughly enjoyed the session, meeting all of the amazing “friends” of the Duke Endowment, and learning about your father’s passions and philosophies. Your family has established an amazing legacy for Mr. Williams that we’ll enjoy remembering and supporting for years to come.”
– LaTonya King
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Duke Energy