Discover Auburn lecture ‘Deep Water in the Deep South’ looks at oil spill of 2010

Judith SheppardAUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Deep Water in the Deep South: Coastal Alabama’s Complicated Response to the BP Oil Spill” is the topic of the Feb. 6 Discover Auburn lecture.

Judith Sheppard, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, will give the talk at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Jack Simms, former chair of the Department of Journalism, will introduce and moderate the free public program.

Sheppard is an award-winning journalist and a native of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

She said her dual perspective comes from being both a reporter and also someone with deep roots in the region. Her work uncovers residents’ despair and anger, but it also showcases their resilience, determination and even humor in the face of a man-made catastrophe.

Her interviews with residents in the wake of the BP oil spill first appeared in Auburn Speaks, an annual publication featuring research by Auburn University faculty, staff and students that relates to current events and concerns. Copies of Auburn Speaks, a project of the Office of the Vice President for Research, will be available for sale and signing at Sheppard’s talk. Refreshments will follow the program.

The Discover Auburn lecture series is hosted by Auburn University Libraries and the Auburn University Bookstore. Parking and Tiger Transit to the library are available from the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Upcoming lectures include a March 7 lecture by David Alloway, director of the Saint John’s Heritage Program, who will discuss The Saint John’s Bible, a modern and monumental – at seven volumes and two feet tall by three feet wide – illuminated manuscript of the Bible. The university library’s impressive collection of Bibles will be on display at the time of Alloway’s lecture

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(Written by Jayson Hill.)

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