AUBURN – Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will sponsor the first “Alabama Men of Every Color Leadership Symposium” on Friday, Feb. 20 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
This community-based initiative will highlight issues such as health and education that affect all men, and, as reflected in its theme of “Becoming my Brothers’ Keeper,” help generate support networks to promote personal achievement and leadership ability. Throughout the day, participants will hear speakers, join breakout sessions, participate in a period of reflection and discussion and hold a town hall meeting.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Office of Sustainability will host a public symposium in conjunction with the 2009 National Teach-In on Global Warming on Thursday, Feb. 5, beginning at noon in room 2222 of the Auburn University Student Center.
As part of a national effort to raise awareness of and focus discussion on the subject of global warming, the symposium at Auburn will include guest speakers, workshops, movies and public discussion about actions that can be taken by individuals and communities to minimize the effects of climate change.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, in the College of Human Sciences, will host the 32nd annual Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development from Feb. 21-23. This student-run conference provides a supportive environment for graduate students to share their research and to develop a network of professional contacts with peers and faculty scholars from other universities in the region.
The conference is widely known as Quint State, to reflect the participation of five member institutions. Along with their Auburn counterparts, graduate students and professors from departments of human development and family studies at the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Virginia Tech will participate in the three-day series of events.
AUBURN – Auburn University will co-sponsor the symposium, “Cultural Crossroads: A New Country, ” about Alabama in the years 1800 to 1830, on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Speakers will include historian and author Leah Rawls Atkins on early settlement patterns; AU professor of history Kathryn Holland Braund on the shift from Native American to white European sovereignty; chair of the Jacksonville State University history department Harvey H. Jackson III on the rough and tumble life of the frontier; and director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History Ed Bridges on the visit of French general LaFayette to Alabama.
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 .