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AU alumnus and author to discuss ‘Stand Up for Alabama: Governor George Wallace’

AUBURN – Jeff Frederick, Auburn alumnus and assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will discuss his new book, “Stand Up for Alabama: Governor George Wallace,” on Tuesday, March 4, at 3 p.m., in the Special Collections and Archives Department of AU’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Wallace governed for nearly 25 years at a time when change was sweeping across the South.

“One of the great ironies of Alabama political history is that the most important and powerful governor in state history, George C. Wallace, is better known for his national political reputation, agenda and campaigns than for his stewardship of his office” said Wayne Flynt, AU professor emeritus of history. “Thanks to Jeff Frederick’s meticulous research, keen analysis, and spirited writing, that is no longer so. Everyone who has tried to make sense out of Alabama politics will relish this book.”

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Curator from Atlanta History Center to talk about “Gone With the Girdle” at AU for Women’s History Month

AUBURN – As part of Women’s History Month at Auburn University, Susan Neill from the Atlanta History Center will present an illustrated lecture, “Gone With the Girdle: Freedom, Restraint, and Power in Women’s Dress,” on Tuesday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m., in 213 Foy Union.Neill is vice president of collections and public programs and curator of textiles and social history at the Atlanta History Center.

Neill’s talk grew out of a highly acclaimed exhibition of the same name at the Atlanta History Center in 2003, depicting the lifestyle and costume changes of Atlanta women. The exhibition examined the silhouettes and experiences of Atlanta women from the city’s early days to the present. While the setting was Atlanta, the clothing followed the timeline of many American urban women, reflecting their dreams, challenges and successes from the confining corsets of the 19th century to today’s urban chic.

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