AUBURN – James Dawsey, former faculty member in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, will talk about his newest book, “Masters and Savages,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Auburn University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Department. A reception will follow.
“Master and Savages” is set in Africa and onboard a contract labor ship headed to Brazil after the Civil War and centers on questions of conscience, faith and humanity. Power struggles with the ship’s captain, a rebellion among the laborers, horrific weather and British warships in hot pursuit reflect the main character’s state of mind.
AUBURN – After more than 15 years of researching African-American spirituals, Auburn University music professor and professional singer Rosephanye Powell has released a CD titled “Motherless Child.”
Powell, a professor in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, said African-American spirituals, songs that enabled slaves to develop a sense of community, are considered by many anthropologists to be the first true American folksong. However, Powell’s collection has been updated with a more contemporary sound. She has taken traditional spirituals and given them a mix of R&B, urban, gospel and jazz feel.
AUBURN – An Auburn University psychology professor has been honored as one of the nation’s top psychology educators.
William Buskist, Distinguished Professor in the Teaching of Psychology in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, has been named by the American Psychological Foundation Board of Trustees as the recipient of the 2009 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. The award, which has been given annually since 1970, recognizes exemplary career contributions to the teaching of psychology and leadership in improving the teaching and learning of psychology.
AUBURN – The Tasman String Quartet, New Zealand’s youngest full-time professional chamber ensemble, will perform at Auburn University in a free public concert on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodwin Hall.
The performance is in conjunction with the quartet’s month-long residency, Feb. 15 through March 15, in the Department of Music in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts. Quartet members will serve as guest faculty and also give performances and workshops in schools and communities including Huntsville, Tuskegee, Opelika, Mobile, Gorham’s Bluff at Pisgah and the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham.
AUBURN – Carolyn Brinson Reed, Auburn University class of ’65, along with her sons Randy ‘89 and Scott ’90, recently established a $1 million planned gift with the Auburn University Foundation to honor the memory and legacy of a devoted husband, father and community leader.
The donation will establish the Robert E. Reed Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the College of Liberal Arts and will benefit honor students from Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham. Mr. Reed was a 1965 graduate of Auburn.