AUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy,” will be the subject of a book talk and signing, Tuesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Auburn University Libraries and the Auburn University Bookstore will host the public event, the next in the ongoing Discover Auburn series.
In 2009, Auburn University hosted a semester-long “Darwin Celebration” commemorating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Origin of Species.” The essays in “Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy” were first presented as talks for the series telling the interdisciplinary story of Darwin’s influence.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An Auburn University faculty member’s expertise in social media has led to his being interviewed for a new book, “Starting Your Career as a Social Media Manager.”
Robert French, a public relations instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, is quoted extensively in the book by Mark Story, media director for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
“I was thrilled that Mark chose to feature Auburn’s work in his book,” French said. “Mark works in one of the single-most high profile and challenging public relations and social media jobs in the nation.”
AUBURN –Fair pay activist and author Lilly Ledbetter will join the Women’s Leadership Institute at Auburn University this May to celebrate the publication of her new book, “Grace and Grit.” Ledbetter will be the guest of honor at a public book-signing luncheon May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The luncheon is the keynote event of this year’s NEW Leadership Residential Training, during which 30 women from across the Southeast will convene on Auburn’s campus for leadership training. Participants will work closely with experts in an array of fields including nonprofit leadership, volunteerism, environmental, educational and political leadership.
AUBURN – Two events are planned for Oct. 5 to celebrate the publication of “The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink,” a book based on recipes and writing by the late Eugene Walter.
The Auburn University Libraries will sponsor a book talk at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The Gnu’s Room will host a dining experience at 7 p.m. with recipes from the book prepared by chef Galen Haggerty. Books will be available for purpose at both free public events.
AUBURN – A challenge went out in early spring of this year for all undergraduate students at Auburn University to participate in a writing contest based on the 2010-11 Common Book, “Three Cups of Tea.” Contest winners were recently announced at a dinner hosted by Auburn University President Jay Gogue and Mrs. Susie Gogue.
The first place winner of the competition was Alicia Berdeguez for her submission in the form of a poem. Berdeguez is a freshman from Port Orange, Fla., majoring in creative writing. As part of her first place prize, she had the opportunity to shadow Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey and get a sense of the responsibilities the provost’s position entails.
Jennifer Robinson won second place for an essay about the theme of success in “Three Cups of Tea.” Robinson is a sophomore from Deatsville, Ala., majoring in English and Spanish. She shadowed Mazey during the recent Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting.
Eric Lopez won third place for a submission that tied the themes of the book to issues of foreign relations. Lopez is a senior from Peachtree City, Ga., majoring in political science. He shadowed the university’s director of athletics Jay Jacobs.
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.