AUBURN – “Evolution Proven: The Curious Development of American Anti-Evolution” will be the next lecture in the Discover Auburn series on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Draughon Library. Charles Israel, chair of Auburn University’s Department of History, will speak on anti-evolution legislation in the United States. A reception will follow.
A special exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Origin of Species” will be on view in Special Collections and Archives.
AUBURN – Leaders of and advocates for cultural and historical organizations across Alabama will meet at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, for a summit on the future of the arts and humanities in the state.
Participants in the “Advancing Our Cultural Imprint” summit will discuss what the arts and humanities bring to civic life and the impact of current economic conditions on their viability and future. Charles McCrary, president and CEO of Alabama Power Company and a member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, will present the keynote address.
Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Alabama Museums Association and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the summit will bring together directors, curators and board members of Alabama museums, historical sites, performing arts centers, libraries and other institutions in public education, culture, the arts and the humanities.
AUBURN – David Scobey, chairman of the National Advisory Board of “Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life,” will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., in 202 Foy Student Union on public arts, humanities and the engaged university.
In his talk, “The Arts of Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy: The Public Work of the Arts and Humanities,” Scobey will discuss two crises facing higher education. One is the public’s perception of universities as ivory towers and the other is the lack of civic participation and education of college students. He will address the emphasis on civic engagement in higher education and what universities are doing to bring themselves back into the community.