AUBURN – Keren Gorodeisky, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center.
As the recipient of the Phillip Quinn Fellowship in philosophy, Gorodeisky will be in residence at the North Carolina-based center from September 2012 to May 2013, where she will work on an individual research project and have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars and lectures.
“This prestigious award recognizes Keren for what she is: a rising star in the philosophy of art,” said Michael Watkins, chair of the Department of Philosophy.
The focus of her work at the center will be a book manuscript titled “A Matter of Form: Kant on the Judgment of Beauty.”
AUBURN – The PBS “Point of View” program has selected The Gnu’s Room, partnering with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, as a preview site for upcoming films.
“Point of View,” known as POV, is television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Each year, it selects community partners from around the country to preview programs on a variety of contemporary social issues before they air on PBS.
AUBURN – Allen Tullos, author of the just released “Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie,” will give a reading and sign books during a free public event Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Gnu’s Room, 414 S. Gay St. in Auburn. Tullos’ book explores recent state history in terms of government, politics and popular imagery.
The reading is sponsored by the Gnu’s Room and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
Tullos is a professor of American studies at Emory University and co-founder and editor of the Internet journal Southern Spaces. He is also author of “Long Journey Home: Folklife in the South.”
AUBURN – Author and Auburn University alumnus, Jim Buford, will present a public reading of his new book, “The House Across the Road,” at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 6th in The Special Collections and Archives Department of the Auburn University Library.
“The House Across the Road,” a collection of loosely connected short fiction, is a departure for the former nonfiction writer. Bert Hitchcock, a noted scholar of Southern literature and author of the book’s preface, says that Buford shows special skill in his genuine, humorous renderings of small-town life in the South.
AUBURN – The Scottsboro trials of the 1930s will be the subject of a talk on Monday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in the University Chapel by two authors who have written on the subject. The speakers, who will provide insight on the conviction of the Scottsboro Boys and the trials that followed, will be James Miller, professor of English and American Studies and chair of American Studies Department at George Washington University, and Susan Pennybacker, a modern British and European specialist on the faculty of Trinity College in Connecticut.
The story of the Scottsboro Boys and subsequent trials began in 1931 in Alabama, when nine black youths were charged with raping two white women. Despite little and contradictory evidence, all nine were found guilty and eight of the defendants were sentenced to death. The trial and the fate of the young men became an international cause and influenced not only the legal system but also American culture at large.
AUBURN – The humanities in today’s world will be the topic of a panel discussion on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. “Beyond the Rhetoric of Crisis – Strategies for Future Success in the Humanities” will be presented by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
The presentation will feature Gregg Lambert, founding director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center and Corri Zoli, a humanities research and grants consultant at Syracuse. It will address current challenges as well as changes in the historical humanities and the traditional disciplines.