AU’s spring Discover Auburn series to open with Gerber lecture on U.S. industrial relations

AUBURN – The spring Discover Auburn series at Auburn University will open with a lecture on U.S. industrial relations by history professor Larry Gerber on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of AU’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Gerber is the author of “The Irony of State Intervention: American Industrial Relations Policy in Comparative Perspective, 1914-1939.” In his book, he compares the labor histories of Great Britain and the United States between World War I and the Great Depression and argues that in the development of industrial relations policies, ideology was secondary to economic realities.

The Discover Auburn series is co-sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn University Bookstore.

A reception will follow the program, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information on the program and the series, contact the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center at (334) 844-4946 or go to

Upcoming Discover Auburn programs include Angela Lakwete’s lecture on “Inventing the Cotton Gin: Alabama Perspectives” on Feb. 12, and  Tim Dodge speaking on “The Influence of Gospel Music on Early Rock ‘n’ Roll” on April 16.

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (