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1968 was tumultuous by any standard.  The My Lai massacre in Vietnam took place on March 16.  A few weeks later, on April 04, Martin Luther King was assassinated.  Then, on June 05, Robert Kennedy was shot and died a day later.  Colleges and universities have traditionally been refuges from the world’s turbulence.  But, in those years, the turbulence rolled onto their campuses.  Questions of what Americans valued and how Americans should adjust to a world in tumult could not be left to court chambers, legislative bodies, or quiet seminar rooms.  They were being battled out in the streets. 

In October, Buckminster Fuller created his own turmoil on the Auburn campus when he delivered the first Franklin Lecture (to become the Littleton-Franklin Lectures decades later) and gave the Auburn community one of its earliest introductions to the unsettled relationship of human beings to their environment. More

Schedule of 2016-2017 Lecturers

James Shapiro

“Shakespeare in America”
TUESDAY, August 30, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
Lowder Building 113A


Alison van Eenennaam

E.T. York Distinguished Lecture Series

“Animal Biotechnology: What is it, what could it be, and will it be allowed?”
TUESDAY, February 14, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Lowder Building 113A



Make a Contribution to the Littleton-Franklin Lecture Series

For more information, contact:
Gerard Elfstrom
Littleton-Franklin Lectures Program
6080 Haley Center Auburn, AL 36849-5312

Last Updated: February 03, 2017