AUBURN – High school students from across the state are at Auburn University July17-23 to participate in the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s SUPER Emerging Scholars, or SES, 2011 summer institute, a weeklong residential workshop for rising junior and senior high school students from Alabama.
SES institutes offer students specialized academic enrichment to help them develop the critical thinking and writing skills in the humanities that lead to success in secondary and post-secondary education. The program provides opportunities for students to examine the significance of their own cultural values and meanings through studies of history, literature and the arts.
AUBURN – Auburn University will host teams from East Alabama middle schools in the inaugural History and Current Event Scholars Tournament on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Auburn University Student Center ballroom. Registration for the tournament is under way with an Oct. 30 deadline.
The purpose of the competition, hosted by Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, is to promote teamwork and study skills, to encourage a broader sense of social awareness and to give students an opportunity to showcase school pride.
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.