Board chair to speak on public arts, humanities and the engaged university

David Scobey,   chairman of the National Advisory Board of “Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life,  ”

AUBURN – David Scobey, chairman of the National Advisory Board of “Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life,” will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., in 202 Foy Student Union on public arts, humanities and the engaged university.

In his talk, “The Arts of Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy: The Public Work of the Arts and Humanities,” Scobey will discuss two crises facing higher education. One is the public’s perception of universities as ivory towers and the other is the lack of civic participation and education of college students. He will address the emphasis on civic engagement in higher education and what universities are doing to bring themselves back into the community.

Scobey is the Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Community Partnerships and the inaugural director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Scobey received a bachelor of arts degree in English Language and Literature from Yale University, a diploma in social anthropology from Oxford University and a doctorate from Yale’s American studies program. He is the author of “Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape” and articles on 19th-century U.S. cultural and urban history. He is a Rhodes Scholar and has held a senior research fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

“Imagining America” is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities and design. With a mission to make public scholarship an important and legitimate enterprise in higher education, the consortium includes more than 70 universities across the nation, including Auburn University.

The lecture is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and .Humanities and the dean’s office in the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, call (334) 844-4946 or go to http://media.cla.auburn.edu/cah

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (wilsom3@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)