AUBURN – Auburn University and Tuskegee University will present a symposium to celebrate the life and works of Alabama native and Tuskegee University graduate Albert Murray on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
A gathering of scholars, protégés and friends of Murray’s will present papers related to his life and works in a series of sessions from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Nationally acclaimed scholar John F. Callahan of Lewis and Clark College will present the keynote address at 7 p.m.
Murray, born in Nokomis, Ala., in 1916, is widely recognized as a pivotal figure in American literature and culture and a leading light in jazz and the blues. He was cofounder with Wynton Marsalis of Jazz at Lincoln Center. His works include “The Omni-Americans: New Perspectives on Black Experience and American Culture,” “South to a Very Old Place,” “The Hero and the Blues” and “Train Whistle Guitar.” He received the Distinguished Artist Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2003. For more information on Murray, go to http://www.tuskegee.edu/Global/story.asp?S=1260209 .