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America’s ‘Greatest Historian’ David McCullough to speak at Auburn


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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – David McCullough, acclaimed writer and historian, will discuss the critical role of history in education, life and citizenship, particularly for young people, in a free, public lecture at Auburn University on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in Auburn Arena.

McCullough, a 2006 winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards, has been called the master of American history and a “matchless writer.” His books, 10 to date, range from biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams to histories of the Johnstown flood, the Panama Canal and the Brooklyn Bridge. His “1776,” which covers a year in the life of George Washington and the American Revolution, is a classic.

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Author of ‘Engaging the Muslim World’ to speak at Auburn University

AUBURN – Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of history and director for the Center of South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, will present a lecture at Auburn University titled, “Engaging the Muslim World” on Monday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in Haley Center 2370. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cole is one of the most informed voices on contemporary international affairs as they relate to the Muslim world and has written extensively about contemporary Islamic movements, speaking about al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War and the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan. For three decades, he has worked to put the relationship of the West and Muslim world into historical context.

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Seeking roots: quest for family history turned into American history trilogy

AUBURN – When Bettye B. Burkhalter retired a decade ago as vice president for student affairs after 22 years at Auburn University as a professor and administrator, she began the journey of a lifetime – several lifetimes.

Even before leaving Auburn with emerita status, Burkhalter had become intrigued by her aging father’s tales of the Burrell family history going all the way back before the American Revolution. Cecil Burrell, then 83 and in declining health, wanted to make sure future generations of the family knew about the lives of their ancestors in the 18th and 19th centuries and earlier, as well as his own experiences through much of the 20th century.

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Carlisle gift expands Auburn University Libraries’ natural history holdings

AUBURN – Helen and Dwight Carlisle of Tallassee recently donated a limited edition facsimile set of 67 illustrations by American-born naturalist and explorer William Bartram to the Auburn University Libraries.

Bartram produced the illustrations in the early 1770s to depict the plants and animals of the southeastern United States. The original illustrations are in the Natural History Museum, London. The set donated to the Auburn Libraries by the Carlisles is one of only 50 numbered sets produced for this edition.

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Author Paul Hemphill to lead ‘A Tiger Walk Through History’ Dec. 10

AUBURN – Paul Hemphill, Auburn alumnus and author of “A Tiger Walk Through History: A Compete History of Auburn Football from 1892 to the Tuberville Era,” will talk about his book at a reception in his honor on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Ariccia lounge in The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

In this book, he chronicles Auburn’s football program from the first game, coached by Auburn legend George Petrie, to the present. Contributors to the volume include Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Ken and Joy Ringer, Anne River Siddons, Jim Stewart and Cynthia Tucker and Auburn athletic director emeritus David Housel.

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Auburn University students’ study abroad trip leads to first-of-its kind textbook

AUBURN – We recognize them, study them and long to visit them – iconic structures such as the Great Pyramids, Notre Dame and the Colosseum. They remain marvels in the modern day even though many were built during centuries or millenniums past. And while much is known about the structures themselves, what exactly do we know about who built them and how they were constructed?

These were the questions that Linda Ruth’s “Deconstructing Construction” class at Auburn University sought to answer. Made up of 17 senior-level undergraduate building science students and one graduate student, the class centered around a whirlwind study-abroad trip this summer to western Europe and Egypt to visit 17 construction marvels. But Ruth’s students weren’t just casual observers. Their mission was to study each structure in depth and collectively produce a textbook about the history of construction.

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