British historian to speak at AU Monday in Constitution Day tribute

AUBURN – Auburn University will bring British historian Jeremy Black to campus as the speaker for its third annual Constitution Day tribute. Black will present his lecture, “Framing the New Nation: Responding to the International Challenge, 1775 to 1815,” on Monday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m., in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Black, professor of history at the University of Exeter in England, is an expert on post-1500 military history, 18th-century British history and international relations. Among his many works are “War: Past, Present, and Future,” “War in the New Century,” “America as a Military Power, 1775-1882,” “The British Seaborne Empire” and “Rethinking Military History.”

Refreshments will follow the lecture, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Black will visit several classes on campus and will be available to students during his visit.

On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United State of America. A law sponsored by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WVA) requires schools receiving federal funds and all federal agencies to conduct educational events about the Constitution on or about September 17.

The AU’s Constitution Day lecture is co-sponsored by the Auburn University Office of the Provost, AU History Department, Army ROTC Department, Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, AU Libraries and the AU Bookstore. For more information, call (334) 844-4948.

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)
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