Lehigh’s experiment in city-campus collaboration topic of talk at Auburn University Feb. 10

AUBURN – Lehigh University’s Seth Moglen will be at Auburn University Thursday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. to talk about Lehigh’s South Side Initiative, an experiment in university-community collaboration. Moglen’s talk, in room 2227 of the Student Center, is part of the “Composing Communities for the 21st Century” series of lectures on writing, literacy and community engagement.

Moglen is an associate professor of English at Lehigh and co-director of the South Side Initiative, designed to bring faculty, students and staff together with members of the Bethlehem, Penn., community surrounding it. Through this project, the university and the community will work together to address problems such as urban redevelopment, poverty, environmental justice, failing public schools, public history and public art.

The South Side Initiative provides a way for people in the university to share specialized knowledge with members of the community and for community members to share information about the local area of which people in the university may not be aware, Moglen says.

Moglen is working on a book about the 260-year history of Bethlehem that draws on his work as a literary critic and as a scholar of American social and political movements. He is author of “Mourning Modernity: Literary Modernism and the Injuries of American Capitalism” and editor of a new edition of T. Thomas Fortune’s “Black and White: Land, Labor and Politics in the South.”

Developed by Kevin Roozen, an associate professor of rhetoric and composition at Auburn, the Composing Communities lecture series is sponsored by the English Department, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of University Writing. The talks are designed to encourage discussion about fostering interaction between community and university to the benefit of all parties.

For more information about Moglen’s talk or upcoming lectures in the series, go to www.auburn.edu/cah or call (334) 844.4946.

(Contributed by Maiben Beard.)

Contact: Maiben Beard, (334) 844-4946 (meb0015@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)