AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Community and Civic Engagement Club in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn Public Housing Authority will hold a public celebration featuring the recent accomplishments of several local children on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Housing Community meeting room at 931 Booker Street in Auburn.
For the past several weeks, youth ages 6-12 from the Ridgecrest Community have worked with Auburn University students through “Be You: A Citizen Photography Project” to express themselves through photography, drawing and creative writing.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Liberal Arts will celebrate best-selling novelist and alumna Anne Rivers Siddons in a free, public tribute on Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Siddons has been named the inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
“A Tribute to Anne Rivers Siddons” will feature a student art exhibition depicting themes from her debut novel “Heartbreak Hotel,” a performance by the Auburn University Singers, a theatrical adaptation of Siddons’ letter to The Auburn Plainsman and discussions of Siddons’ work by members of the Auburn University faculty.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following a national search, Joseph Aistrup has been named the dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. Aistrup, currently the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University, will begin his appointment Sept. 1.
“Dr. Aistrup brings a wealth of experience as both an administrator and an educator,” said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We look forward to his leadership of the College of Liberal Arts and its diverse programs and course offerings.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – When a circus elephant kills her keeper, a haunting tale of spectacle, violence and revenge follows in George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard.” Based on a true story that happened in a small town in Tennessee in 1916, the new play closes the 2012-13 season for Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts. The show runs April 16-20 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance April 21 at 2:30 p.m. on the mainstage of the Telfair B. Peet Theatre.
The play was drawn from Brant’s own research into the real-life incident in which the townspeople of Erwin, Tenn., lynched a circus elephant named Mary after she killed her handler in 1916.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Howell Raines, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver the 2013 Neil O. and Henrietta Davis Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. in the Dixon Auditorium The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The program is presented by the Auburn University Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts and is open to the public. The Davis Lecture Series, established in 1996 to honor the late Neil O. and Henrietta W. Davis, encourages excellence in journalism and features distinguished journalists who inspire students to follow the spirit and the principles embodied in the couple’s life and work.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Eight Auburn University students led by Mark Wilson, director of Civic Learning Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts, began an educational project last fall with the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center to unveil the life and work of African-American artist Isaac Scott Hathaway.
Most widely known for his ceramic sculptures of prominent African-Americans such as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Debois, Jessie Owens and Jackie Robinson, Hathaway made significant contributions to educational art through his teaching career.