AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Aquaculture expert William Walton will discuss the business of oyster production on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Walton’s talk is part of the Discover Auburn lecture series.
Walton is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and is also a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. He is stationed at the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center in Mobile and conducts research at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Deep Water in the Deep South: Coastal Alabama’s Complicated Response to the BP Oil Spill” is the topic of the Feb. 6 Discover Auburn lecture.
Judith Sheppard, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, will give the talk at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Jack Simms, former chair of the Department of Journalism, will introduce and moderate the free public program.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The spring season of the Discover Auburn lecture series begins Jan. 29 with a talk by Steven Brown on his new book, “John McKinley and the Antebellum Supreme Court: Circuit Riding in the Old Southwest.” Brown’s talk is at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
According to Brown, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, Andrew Jackson once called McKinley “the most important man in Alabama.” Brown said McKinley not only played a prominent role in the settling of Alabama as a major land speculator but also contributed to the creation of its educational institutions as one of the first trustees of the University of Alabama and served Alabama politics as a member of the state legislature.
AUBURN – Auburn Professor Emeritus of English Bert Hitchcock will give the first lecture in the spring Discover Auburn Lecture Series, Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. A reception will follow.
Hitchcock’s lecture, “Harriet Beecher Stowe: Devil or Angel,” is another in the ongoing series of Discover Auburn presentations marking the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. He will examine the author and her place in the Civil War as viewed by the opposing sides. Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is often cited as an instigator of the war and became a lens through which both of the warring sides viewed the other.
AUBURN – The Discover Auburn Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. in Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library Auditorium with a presentation entitled “Photographs of Afghanistan and the Pakistan Frontier before the Fighting.”
The late Cornelia Lincoln Martin took these unique photographs in 1969, digital copies of which are in the library’s Special Collections and Archives. Her son, David L. Martin, a political science professor emeritus at Auburn University, will narrate the program.
AUBURN – The Discover Auburn lecture series at Auburn University continues with “The Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1900-20,” a talk by Dwayne Cox on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Cox will discuss Auburn’s history in the early 1900s as part of the centennial celebration of Comer Hall. A reception will follow the lecture.
In his presentation, Cox will draw from his upcoming book, “Auburn University, 1856-2006,” to tell the story of life at Auburn University during a period when it was known as Alabama Polytechnic Institute. His topics will include student and alumni culture, intercollegiate football, rivalry with the University of Alabama, involvement with World War I and campus expansion.