AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has selected “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” for its 2014-15 Auburn Connects! Common Book Program.
In the New York Times bestseller by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, Kamkwamba chronicles his experiences growing up in a small village in Malawi, Africa. He shares African folklore, insights into local and national government, details about cultural customs and the harsh realities of famine. Kamkwamba will be on the Auburn campus Sept. 9 to speak about those experiences.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – John Bowe, author of “Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy,” will give the free, public keynote address for the 2013-14 Auburn Connects! Common Book Program Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Foy Hall auditorium at Auburn University.
“Nobodies,” Bowe’s second book, considers three cases of forced labor and explores how it can exist and why it is tolerated in a modern democracy. Bowe uncovers a complex web of factors, including Americans’ habits of consumption, and reflects on the role each plays.
AUBURN – Tracy Kidder, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World,” will present a lecture on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Auburn Arena as a part of the Common Book program, Auburn Connects! The event is free to the public.
Tickets for students, faculty and staff with Auburn ID are available at the Auburn University Student Center’s Foy Information Desk. Tickets for the community are available at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau.
AUBURN – Performing artist, poet and anthropologist Gina Athena Ulysse will perform at Auburn University as part of a series of events celebrating the 2011-2012 Auburn Connects! Common Book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World” by Tracy Kidder.
Ulysse will offer three performances Oct. 6-8. On Thursday, Oct. 6, “Because When God is too Busy” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Telfair Peet Theatre; on Friday, Oct. 7, a performance workshop will be held at 10 a.m. in Telfair Peet Theatre; and on Saturday, Oct. 8, “Why Feminist Analysis Matters to Haiti Now More Than Ever” will be held at 3 p.m. in Langdon Hall. All three events are free to the public.
Ulysse was born in Petionville, Haiti and is a professor at Wesleyan College. As a trained anthropologist, poet, performer and multimedia artist she weaves together drama, art, history, personal narrative and vodou chants to reflect and deconstruct childhood memories of her life in Haiti. Ulysse offers critical musings on geopolitics along with dispatches from various individuals she has encountered during the past year in post-quake Haiti.
AUBURN – Greg Mortenson, American humanitarian and author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time,” will present a lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Auburn Arena as a part of The Common Book Program, “Auburn Connects!” Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.
Mortenson is the founder of the Central Asia Institute, which is dedicated to promoting peace through the creation of schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Three Cups of Tea” tells the tale of how he found his passion for his work and his struggles to get his first school built.
“Mortenson believes in education and his project is a key component to creating peace through learning,” said Constance Relihan, senior associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the Common Book committee. “At the university and throughout the Auburn community, people can relate to this. He provides encouragement especially for students.”
AUBURN – Mary Lightfine is a registered nurse and international volunteer who has responded to war and disaster in over a dozen of the world’s most dangerous hot-spots, including Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Liberia, Kenya and Uganda.
Lightfine will speak about her experiences Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 2222 of the Auburn Student Center. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, this event will include lunch and is free and open to the public.