Discover Auburn lecture celebrates centennial of Comer Hall in ‘API, 1900-20’

AUBURN – The Discover Auburn lecture series at Auburn University continues with “The Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1900-20,” a talk by Dwayne Cox on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Cox will discuss Auburn’s history in the early 1900s as part of the centennial celebration of Comer Hall. A reception will follow the lecture.

In his presentation, Cox will draw from his upcoming book, “Auburn University, 1856-2006,” to tell the story of life at Auburn University during a period when it was known as Alabama Polytechnic Institute. His topics will include student and alumni culture, intercollegiate football, rivalry with the University of Alabama, involvement with World War I and campus expansion.

Cox’s talk will pay homage to the history of Comer Hall, built in 1910 and named for former Alabama Governor Braxton Bragg Comer. Comer Hall houses the administrative offices of the Auburn University College of Agriculture and related programs.

Cox serves as the head of Special Collections and Archives at Auburn University Libraries, holds a Ph.D. degree in history and has written extensively on the history of higher education. This lecture is the second in the Discover Auburn lecture series and is cosponsored by the College of Agriculture and Auburn University Libraries.

On Oct. 14 Jeff Jakeman, editor of the Encyclopedia of Alabama and associate professor of history, will discuss this valuable online resource.

The Discover Auburn lecture series features programs on research, history and other topics of interest by Auburn faculty, staff and graduates. For more information on the program and the series, call (334) 844-4946 or go to Videos of past lectures can be found online at

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