Join Provost Tim Boosinger to learn about Auburn Connects! Common Book Program and recognize the contributors and winners of the Common Book Writing Contest on August 19, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library Newspaper Room (first floor). Refreshments, conversation, and the chance to receive an Auburn Connects! T-shirt and/or a copy of the 2013-14 book selection, Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy by John Bowe, are included. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of University Writing, Auburn University Libraries, and Auburn Connects!
Spend some time looking at the myriad of clubs and organizations Auburn has to offer. Over 375 student organizations will be represented; there’s something for everyone! Sponsored by the Center for Student Organizations; find more information at http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/student_affairs/involvement/cso/.
The Department of History is excited to bring Judge Todd Campbell to campus to discuss the meaning of the Constitution from a potentially new perspective. Sponsored by the Department of History; find more information at http://cla.auburn.edu/history/.
Auburn has a wide variety of study abroad programs for students to participate in. Explore the options and decide where in the world you want to go! Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Auburn Abroad; find more information at http://www.auburn.edu/academic/international/auab/.
Bring your lunch and join us for an interesting talk from a poet and diversity educator who highlights the intersections of communities and folkways that from a distance have very little in common. Sponsored by the Multicultural Center; find more information at https://cws.auburn.edu/mcc.
Auburn Connects! is excited to have Nobodies author John Bowe on campus to speak about his eye-opening book. The highlight of the common book program, this event will feature a short lecture and question and answer period. This event is free and open to the community. Sponsored by Auburn Connects! and the Office of Undergraduate Studies; find more information at http://auburn.edu/auburnconnects/.
Dr. Philip Martin, professor of agricultural economics at U.C. Davis and the nation’s leading authority on agricultural labor and immigration policies will deliver a lecture. While the lecture’s focus is on agricultural labor, the broader issue on immigration policies has implications for many other sectors of our economy, notably the forestry, construction, and hospitality sectors. This event is hosted by the College of Agriculture and sponsored by Auburn Connects!; find more information at http://www.ag.auburn.edu/.
As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the integration of Auburn University, Mr. Lee and Mr. Wyatt are invited to campus to relate memories of their experiences being among the first black students at Auburn. Lee and Wyatt were instrumental in desegregating Macon County schools in 1963-1964 and both came to Auburn University that fall as undergraduates. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel writer and public television producer Rick Steves shares how travel has broadened his perspective and why that matters. Sharing the lessons learned from a lifetime of exploring, Rick explains how, by traveling thoughtfully, we can take home the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective. Sponsored by College of Human Sciences and the Office of International Programs; find more information at http://www.humsci.auburn.edu/.
The Auburn Wesley Foundation is spreading the word about human sex trafficking via a screening of “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”. Join them to view the film and discuss the issues raised. For more information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/343114669165592/.
The Honors College, Office of Undergraduate Research, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Auburn Connects! invite parents and students to an informal come-and-go on the back porch of the historic Katherine Cater Hall. Parents will have a chance to meet faculty and other students participating in these programs and learn about the 2013-2014 common book selection. Refreshments will be available, as well as material on all the programs that reside in Cater. Sponsored by the Honors College and Auburn Connects!; learn more at https://fp.auburn.edu/honors/.
David McCullough, a 2006 winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book awards, will give a lecture on “Why History Matters”. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Merchant Capital, and Littleton-Franklin Lectures; for more information, visit http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/littleton-franklin/littleton-franklin.html.
Still unsure of a major? You don’t want to miss this event! Students will have a chance to talk to representatives from each college and school and learn more about the variety of majors offered at Auburn and all of the careers associated with those majors. Sponsored by Auburn University Career Center; find more information at http://www.auburn.edu/career/.
The College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn Writers Conference will feature a tribute to Anne Rivers Siddons, Auburn alumna and author of this year’s CLA Reads selection, Heartbreak Hotel about her time writing for the Auburn Plainsman during the Civil Rights Movement. Sponsored by the Auburn Writers Conference; find more information at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/awc/.
"Enslavement, Community Building, and the Emergence of an Afro-Influenced Vernacular: The case of the Danish West Indies"
October 22 at 3:00pm
Location: Special Collections and Archives, RBD Library
Robin Sabino, Auburn English professor and director of the Africana Studies Program, will deliver a riveting lecture on the process of language emergence and our ability to form communities under the most difficult circumstances. Sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, Auburn Authors and Auburn Connects!; find more information at http://www.lib.auburn.edu/.
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" has been adapted for the screen. The AU Challenge Summit and the Office of Sustainability present a screening of the film on Thursday, October 24th at 7 pm in Langdon Hall with a guest panel to follow the film.
Fillmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar will screen and discuss his recent documentary, “In God’s Land,” on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Davis Aerospace Engineering Hall Room 355. The program is free and open to everyone interested.
“In God’s Land” documents the profound place of land in the economic, cultural and religious life of a small village in Tamil Nadu, India. The local temple has sold off farming land that may in fact belong to the villagers. However, land ownership in India is complex. Kumar uses both traditional documentary filmmaking and animation to explore the villagers’ claims to the land, recorded in oral history, and raise questions about the relationship between state and temple authorities.
“In God’s Land” is an offering in the War, Peace and Justice lecture series and is co-sponsored by the AU Anthropology Program, the Department of Political Science and Auburn Connects! Common Book Program. For more information contact Dr. Kelly Alley, director of the Anthropology Program, at 844-4646.
The College of Education will feature five faculty panelists to engage students and faculty in a conversation regarding the educational and economic implications of “modern day slavery” with a look at how, historically, education has had a role in diminishing the impact of the slavery practice on the educational achievement of school-age children and young adults. Sponsored by Auburn Connects! and the College of Education; find more information at http://www.education.auburn.edu/.
Come and view the eye-opening documentary on the startling reality of rape on the job for immigrant women. Sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies and Auburn Connects!; more information is available at http://cla.auburn.edu/womensstudies/.
Dr. Carol Ann Băchl Dennis will deliver a lecture about a plantation slave mistress and the first cousin of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Auburn University Libraries, and Auburn Connects!; more information is available at http://www.cla.auburn.edu/africanastudies/.