AUBURN – The PBS “Point of View” program has selected The Gnu’s Room, partnering with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, as a preview site for upcoming films.
“Point of View,” known as POV, is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Each year, it selects community partners from around the country to preview programs on a variety of contemporary social issues before they air on PBS.
Solomon and George Publishers are seeking submissions for an anthology of works by writers in the Auburn/Opelika area to be published in a collection titled “Chinaberries and Crows.” Bert Hitchcock, Auburn University professor emeritus of English, will serve as editor of the new volume of creative work.
Hitchcock suggests that chinaberries and crows, along with the “blinding, blistering summer sun,” are more emblematic of the American South and Alabama than the stereotypical, romanticized magnolias, mockingbirds and moonlight.
AUBURN – Allen Tullos, author of the just released “Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie,” will give a reading and sign books during a free public event Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Gnu’s Room, 414 S. Gay St. in Auburn. Tullos’ book explores recent state history in terms of government, politics and popular imagery.
The reading is sponsored by the Gnu’s Room and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
Tullos is a professor of American studies at Emory University and co-founder and editor of the Internet journal Southern Spaces. He is also author of “Long Journey Home: Folklife in the South.”
AUBURN – Celebrations in both New York and Auburn in June will pay tribute to Alabama native Albert Murray, essayist, novelist and cultural critic. Each event will feature a discussion of the book, “Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center will host a panel discussion on June 17 to honor Murray, who was instrumental in its founding. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University will host a public book talk celebration on June 30 at 4 p.m. at the University Chapel.
AUBURN – The Scottsboro trials of the 1930s will be the subject of a talk on Monday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in the University Chapel by two authors who have written on the subject. The speakers, who will provide insight on the conviction of the Scottsboro Boys and the trials that followed, will be James Miller, professor of English and American Studies and chair of American Studies Department at George Washington University, and Susan Pennybacker, a modern British and European specialist on the faculty of Trinity College in Connecticut.
The story of the Scottsboro Boys and subsequent trials began in 1931 in Alabama, when nine black youths were charged with raping two white women. Despite little and contradictory evidence, all nine were found guilty and eight of the defendants were sentenced to death. The trial and the fate of the young men became an international cause and influenced not only the legal system but also American culture at large.
AUBURN – “Evolution Proven: The Curious Development of American Anti-Evolution” will be the next lecture in the Discover Auburn series on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Draughon Library. Charles Israel, chair of Auburn University’s Department of History, will speak on anti-evolution legislation in the United States. A reception will follow.
A special exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Origin of Species” will be on view in Special Collections and Archives.