AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Rick Steves, a well-known authority on European travel, will offer a free, public lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, from the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
He is expected to discuss “Travel as a Political Act,” the title of one of his latest books in which he reflects on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives and how travel can be a significant force for people and understanding in the world.
Steves’ visit is sponsored by the College of Human Sciences and the Office of International Programs, with support from the Auburn University Special Lectures Fund and Auburn Connects! Common Book Program.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s 2013-14 Common Book program “Auburn Connects!” will feature the book, “Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy,” by award-winning journalist John Bowe.
Creating a shared reading experience for students, faculty, staff and the wider Auburn community, Auburn Connects! promotes intellectual engagement with current issues and ideas through classes, public lectures and special programs.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY –The Auburn Connects! Common Book Program will host Sonny Lacks and David Lacks Jr. Thursday, March 21, in a free public lecture on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,”the 2012-13 Common Book selection. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Foy Lecture Auditorium.
Henrietta Lacks, the subject of Rebecca Skloots’ best-selling book, was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, went on to become the first “immortal” human cells ever grown in the laboratory. Those cells, nicknamed HeLa, became one of the most important tools in modern medicine. Though Henrietta died in 1951, her cells are still the most widely used cell line in the world.
AUBURN – Tracy Kidder, journalist and bestselling 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.
The book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, anthropologist, physician and a founding director of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and carries out research and advocacy activities for some of the most poverty stricken areas of the world.
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 University is instituting the Common Book program, “Auburn Connects!,” this fall with the reading of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
The Common Book program, which is used in more than 100 universities across the country, was developed to promote a shared academic experience among students, especially incoming freshmen.