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.
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 – Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Leslie F. Kenne will deliver the inaugural Extraordinary Women Lecture in Auburn University’s Telfair Peet Theater Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon. This public event is sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts. A reception will follow.
Kenne is a graduate of Auburn’s ROTC program with 32 years of active military service. She is the first woman to achieve the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and one of three women in history to achieve a three-star rank in the U.S. military.
AUBURN – Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the late undersea explorer and filmmaker Jacque-Yves Cousteau and an internationally known environmentalist and filmmaker in his own right, will present the E.T. York lecture, “One Water One People,” at 7 p.m., Sept. 22 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. His presentation will focus on water-related environmental issues.
Cousteau grew up exploring the sea and the world with his grandfather and his father, Jean-Michel. After earning a degree in environmental economics from Boston University, Cousteau meshed his family legacy of championing environmental protection with his business acumen by successfully spearheading the development of new environmentally sustainable products and business models.
AUBURN – Alabama writer and prize-winning journalist Wayne Greenhaw will give The Neil and Henrietta Davis Distinguished Lecture, Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m., in the auditorium at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The public program is presented by Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism.
The Davis Lecture Series was established in 1996 to honor the late Neil O. and Henrietta W. Davis and to encourage excellence in journalism. The series features distinguished journalists who can inspire students to follow the spirit and the principles embodied in the couple’s life and work.
AUBURN – Judith McWillie, professor of art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, will discuss the cultural traditions of decorated yards as part of the “New Perspectives: Alabama Art in the Open” lecture series on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m., at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum.
In “‘Doing Things Right’: Traditional Signs in African American Cemeteries, Homes, and Churches,” McWillie will explore the intersections of personal and cultural values in domestic landscapes. She will show that yard decorations found in the American South can be understood in the cultural context of work from West Africa and the Caribbean and will discuss the ways in which these displays convey moral and spiritual meaning.
McWillie has written and lectured for many years on the vernacular art of the South and is coauthor of “No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yard Work,” winner of the 2007 James Mooney Prize for distinguished anthropological scholarship. Her artwork has been exhibited widely and is represented in the collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. She holds fine arts degrees from Memphis State University and Ohio State University.